Georgia Baptists, Mercer settle on separation terms

Both sides pledge amicable end to relationship
Mercer University and the Georgia Baptist Convention have agreed to terms that will end their 172-year-old relationship. The convention will end funding of the school after 2007, and Mercer will get control of trustee elections and all assets, including a $19.6 million endowment.

The Georgia Baptist Convention mandated in mid-November an “orderly” dissolution of the relationship after convention officials complained that the school had “moved away from the theology, doctrine and principles for which the convention stands.” The convention complained specifically about a pro-gay student group on campus and university support for “non–Southern Baptist organizations.”

The terms, negotiated by Mercer president Kirby Godsey and convention executive Bob White, were approved December 13 by the convention’s executive committee. The agreement has been approved by Mercer’s executive committee and will be considered by trustees in April.


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