Archive for the ‘Richard Roberts’ Category

Civil Suit against ORU will Continue

April 2, 2008

The ongoing battle rages on at ORU, as a judge yesterday refused to dismiss the case against the University for wrongful termination of professors Tim and Paulita Brooker. The professors alledge they were terminated after they discovered wrongdoing by the then-president of the University, Richard Roberts, according to a report in The Oklahoman.

Although he did not dismiss the case, KSWO in Lawton reports that, “District Judge Rebecca Nightingale…tossed out some of the professors’ allegations, including breach of contract claims against Roberts and ORU officials.”
District Judge Rebecca Nightingale also tossed out some of the professors’ allegations, including breach of contract claims against Roberts and ORU officials.

The Battle Rages on at ORU

February 14, 2008

Attorney Gary Richardson is challenging Oral Robert’s University to publicize an audit done by the new chairman of the board of trustees. Richardson is representing several defendants against Oral Roberts university.

The Joplin Globe reports:

Mart Green, the Oklahoma City businessman who donated $70 million to the school and became chairman its new board of trustees last month, said Monday he didn’t have access to the report and didn’t know if it could be released publicly.

“We need to get more information from our legal team before we make that decision,” Green said in a statement issued through the university. “Like I said before, the results from the audit our family performed showed we could fully support ORU with our proposed changes.

Richardson questioned whether Green, had truly “seen everything” during the audit.

Meanwhile, Richard Roberts has requested that the entire lawsuit be dismissed. According to a report in the Tulsa World, Roberts claims two of the employees suing for wrongful termination were actually contract employees, and not eligible to sue for wrongful termination.

There’s Joy In Secular Progressive Land Today

November 29, 2007

From the Mother Jones Blog:

God Does A Flip-Flop—Tells Richard Roberts To Resign From ORU

Richard Roberts resigned as president of Oral Roberts University today. He did so against his will, because, he said, God told him to do it. According to Roberts, the son of ORU founder Oral Roberts, God has been waffling lately with regard to Roberts’ future.

A lawsuit accuses Roberts of lavish spending while the university faced more than $50 million in debt. According to the suit, he went on shopping sprees, bought a stable of horses, and sent his daughter to the Bahamas aboard the university jet. Referring to the three former professors who filed the suit as his “persecutors,” Roberts said that God had originally instructed him to deny all allegations, but on Thanksgiving Day, did a turnaround and told him to resign his post. Read more…

Touched By An Angel………or can we say a Millionaire

November 28, 2007

Days after Richard Roberts steps down as President of the scandal ridden Oral Roberts University, the flood gates have opened and the blessings are being poured out on the University. If this is reminiscent of Malachi 3:10 then there really is a God who sits high and looks low.

Oklahoma City businessman Mart Green said Tuesday that he planned to donate $70 million to the debt-ridden university.

Green, founder of Mardel, a Christian office and educational supply store chain, said he decided to help after watching media reports about the school, which recently revealed that it was more than $50 million in debt. He never attended the university and does not know the Roberts family, he said. Read More

OKPNS hopes that the Board of Regents at ORU, which includes a whose who of prosperity pimps…oops I mean men of Greed…oops what I meant to say was preachers, learn their lesson. No longer can you proclaim to be a man or woman of God and live a lavish life on the backs of the helpless and needy students and parishioners for that matter. ORU needs a new leader that will take the university to a higher dimension of leadership. This can only be done when the students are put first and foremost.

Related news: Accountant Sues TV Evangelist’s Son.

ORU Leaders Meet To Discuss Robert’s Resignation

November 27, 2007

The Oral Roberts University board of regents is meeting to begin selection of a new school president, after Richard Roberts resigned from the top post.

Meanwhile, some faculty and students say they still have concerns.

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Richard Roberts Resigns As President Of ORU

November 26, 2007

By Randy Sly

A campus not unused to controversy must weather another storm as Richard Roberts steps down as president of the 5,700 student university. Washington DC. (Catholic Online) – Yesterday, Richard Roberts resigned, effective immediately, as president of Oral Roberts University amid allegations of financial misappropriation, that he utilized school funds for personal use. Richard is son of the universities founder, Televangelist Oral Roberts, 89, who began ORU in 1963.

Concerns about the financial management by Roberts surfaced when, on October 2, three ORU professors filed a lawsuit against ORU charging wrongful dismissal and alleging inappropriate use of influence and university funds by President Roberts and his family. They alleged that he had used the university aircraft for personal trips and had spent school funds to buy horses for his children, according to John Swails, one of the plaintiffs.

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Did You Know?

November 21, 2007

More than 80 percent of the Oral Roberts University faculty do not want Richard Roberts to continue as president of the evangelical school, a new survey shows.

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