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Arkansas Baptist president fired over 'lack of transparency' to board, college says

By Aziza Musa , Brandon Riddle

This article was originally published December 18, 2017 at 12:13 p.m. Updated December 18, 2017 at 5:20 p.m.

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Joseph L. Jones


Little Rock-based Arkansas Baptist College has terminated its president “amid lack of transparency,” according to a statement Monday.

In a news release, the college said Joseph L. Jones, who served at the institution for more than a year as its 14th president, was fired effective immediately.

Jones said Monday that he resigned from the college in an email to the board Friday, and trustees terminated him “for cause” in a Sunday letter. The letter — which Jones did not share because he has hired legal representation — did not state a cause, he said

The termination “was predicated on his lack of transparency with the [Board of Trustees] on issues that could place the board and the institution at significant risk of financial and legal jeopardy,” the college's statement said.

“The board has lost confidence in Dr. Jones’ leadership and judgment in order to guide the school to its greatest potential,” board chairman Kenneth Harris said in the statement.

The release also stated that Jones’ lack of transparency “prevented the board from having the information necessary to make timely decisions that would have been necessary to avoid the potential risks.”

Harris and Jones did not immediately return messages seeking comment.

Read Tuesday’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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LR1955 says... December 18, 2017 at 1:07 p.m.

I wonder if he really is a "Dr"

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NWABlkMale says... December 18, 2017 at 1:20 p.m.

Wow!

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Delta123 says... December 18, 2017 at 1:38 p.m.

"Lack of transparency". Interesting way of putting it.

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TravisBickle says... December 18, 2017 at 4:08 p.m.

AB is a joke! The only entrance requirement is a pulse.

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MM03 says... December 19, 2017 at 5 a.m.

In fairness to this man, I think it would be difficult to be transparent while President of a school like this. $8,000 tuition per year to attend and what is the degree worth afterwards? Probably relies heavily on scholarships from entities like the United Negro College Fund and others. Less than 900 students. Probably not a college that is worth being around.

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