The Chronicle of Higher Education
June 29th, 2015
Thomas Jay Oord, a theology professor who was laid off this spring in
a controversial move by Northwest Nazarene University’s president, will
be reinstated, but only to a part-time position that lasts for no more
than three years, according to a statement issued on Friday by the Christian institution’s Board of Trustees.
The Idaho Press-Tribune
reported that the board endorsed the actions taken by the university’s
president at the time, David Alexander, to repair its finances. His
announcement of layoffs and budgetary retrenchment in March drew fire
because, critics said, Mr. Oord, a well-liked professor, had been
singled out over theological differences with the university.