ACU Considering Changing Hiring Outside of the Denomination Policy

By Courtney Burris |

Published 11/25 2013 06:41PM

Updated 11/26 2013 12:06AM

Abilene Christian University is a school founded on tradition and on Church of Christ roots. Since the university was established in 1906, there has been a policy saying that faculty must be members of Church of Christ churches. This tradition is part of an ongoing discussion between many faculty members of ACU, including the Board of Trustees.

Provost Robert Rhodes explains that the university is in no way trying to abandon their roots, but rather "open their mission" so that professors that are not Church of Christ can work at ACU.

According to Rhodes, they are having some difficulty finding some professors of certain skills that are also Church of Christ.

Rhodes makes it clear that they are in no way straying from the university's mission, "to educate students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world.", but are simply discussing an option.

Many students did not seem to mind the possibility of professors that are of other denominations. Some say that the change is necessary for ACU to continue to grow.

The Board of Trustees will ultimately make this decision. The earliest that the decision will be made is August of 2014.

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