President of Taylor University Resigns One Month After Controversially Hosting Mike Pence as Commencement Speaker

Taylor University President Paul Lowell Haines (Taylor University/Facebook)

Taylor University President Paul Lowell Haines has resigned from the nondenominational Christian university a month after hosting Vice President Mike Pence as commencement speaker.

Taylor’s board of trustees announced Haines’ resignation Monday (June 24), noting in a press release on the school website his departure was neither solicited nor encouraged by the board. His last day at the university will be Aug. 15.

Haines, who has led the school in Indiana for the past three years, did not give a reason for his resignation in the press release.

“My wife Sherry and I love Taylor and the Taylor community, as no other place and people. We leave with a strong sense of accomplishment, knowing that remarkable progress has been made over the last three years, but also a clear awareness of God’s new purpose and direction for our lives,” he said.

In Haines’ time as president, Taylor was ranked No. 1 twice in the Midwest Region of the US News & World Report survey of America’s Best Colleges and enrolled its largest-ever freshman class in 2018.

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SOURCE: Charisma News, Emily McFarlan Miller