Cedarville University’s board of Trustees today placed President Dr. Thomas White on administrative leave, following major controversy involving the hiring of Dr. Anthony Moore–an admitted sexual abuser. The board appointed Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Loren Reno as acting president of Cedarville.
In a statement, the trustees said, “The Board of Trustees at Cedarville University was recently made aware of additional information related to Dr. Anthony Moore’s past that led to the termination of his employment by our president, Dr. Thomas White, on Thursday, April 23, 2020. The board is incredibly grieved over this new information and the questions it raises.”
A week ago, Dr. White fired Anthony Moore, a theology professor, claiming that new information had come to light concerning the extent of Moore’s sexual misconduct that White didn’t know when he hired Moore in 2017. However, White’s account has been disputed by Moore’s former employer, The Village Church in Fort Worth, Texas.
White also claimed last week that the “restoration” plan he gave Moore did not permit Moore to teach during his first year at the school. However, both a professor and a former and current student at Cedarville say Moore taught classes during his first year at Cedarville. Similarly, in a 2017 leaked email from White to the trustees, White says Moore will teach some online classes his first year and possibly co-teach with Dr. Jason Lee, dean of the School of Biblical and Theological Studies.
In a statement today, the trustees said they will hire an independent firm “to conduct an audit of the entire process surrounding the hiring of Dr. Moore. This will include a thorough review of all relevant communication involving Dr. White and Dr. Moore, the trustees, The Village Church, employment references, etc.” The trustees added that the firm will report its findings to the board.
The trustees also said it is hiring an independent firm to conduct an internal investigation “to ensure nothing inappropriate involving Dr. Moore took place on our campus or with any of our students elsewhere.” The trustees said the firm will report its findings to the board and then to the “Cedarvill University community at-large.”
The Full Statement by Cedarville University Board of Trustees: