Conservative college faces faculty exodus

Academic freedom at issue
A small evangelical Christian college focused on shaping home-schooled students for careers in public service will lose about one-third of its faculty after several professors at the young school charged that their academic freedoms were violated.

Administrators at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia, which opened in 2000, called the professors’ claims “patently, categorically false” and said the school’s vision for classical liberal arts remains intact.

“Contrary to insinuations by departing faculty, PHC has been, and remains, zealously committed to a rigorous study and debate of all ideas, and all schools of thought, as the success of our students in every realm of the public square dutifully attests,” the college said in a May 20 press release.

Departing faculty, by contrast, say administrators have questioned their adherence to the Bible in their writings and class discussions.


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