Campbellsville University will forgo nearly $1 million a year in funding from the Kentucky Baptist Convention in order to get more flexibility over appointments and academic freedom, the school's board of trustees announced Wednesday.
The trustees have proposed bylaws that would define a new "partners in ministry" relationship between the two groups and that would allow the school to choose its own trustees. The convention's funding — about $977,000 a year out of a $57 million annual budget — would be phased out over the next four years.
"We remain committed to the churches of the KBC," wrote Joseph Owens, chairman of the board of trustees, and university President Michael Carter in a joint open letter dated July 16. "CU remains committed to maintaining a Christ-centered mission of Christian higher education ... CU will maintain a Board of Trustees that is 100 percent Baptist."