BREAKING NEWS: Ergun Caner's successor has been named. Here's the announcement hot off the press…
The committee concluded the Caner “has made factual statements that are self-contradictory.”
Is anyone surprised?
According to the linked article, Towns was responsible for hiring Ergun Caner in the school of religion, which took place in 2003. In just two short years, Caner was promoted to dean of the seminary.
Towns continues to be one of Caner's staunchest supporters. Here's what he had to say regarding Caner: “The punishment was commensurate with the problem, so we’re ready to move on. I really don’t want to talk about him. I want to look toward the future.”
In an interview yesterday, Jerry Falwell, Jr., President of Liberty University, stated that while Caner will remain on the teaching faculty, he will not be in the classroom this semester. Instead, he will be teaching online classes. However, he could begin teaching on-campus classes beginning next semester, according to Falwell.
“We think the seminary is going to have a great year this year, which shows it wasn’t built on one man, it was built on a whole team,” stated Towns.
Towns, who co-founded Liberty University with Rev. Jerry Falwell, Sr., in 1971, served as dean of the seminary from 1979 to 1992. During his first tenure as dean, the seminary became nationally accredited and began its first doctoral program.
During his second tenure, Towns has three lofty goals, as stated in they linked article. They include:
"Increasing online and on-campus enrollment to 10,000 students by 2013, which coincides with the seminary’s 40th anniversary. Last semester, the seminary enrolled approximately 500 on-campus students and 6,800 students online."
Raising "$4 million to $5 million for a standalone building to house the seminary. Currently, classes meet on the second floor of the old Ericsson building, a facility Falwell called “not ideal by any stretch.”
Sharpening Liberty’s focus as a “ministry-oriented seminary,” and bringing it into the digital age by adding state-of-the-art technology to the classroom setting.
Towns is fully committed to the long-term success of the seminary at Liberty University. The article ends with this remark by Towns: “I don’t plan to retire. I don’t see retirement in the Bible, I see that you’re supposed to do all you can do."