The CCCU, a coalition of 174 Christian colleges and universities, announced it was dismissing Blews last October, less than 10 months after he assumed the presidency. The CCCU gave no public reasons for replacing Blews—saying only that it came after “careful investigation and prayerful consideration”—but a subsequent investigation by WORLD revealed some of the reasons in an article published last month.
The lawsuit alleges that after the council’s October press release hurt Blews’ reputation, WORLD’s coverage “further damaged” his name with “outrageous allegations.” I asked Blews’ attorney, Joyce Smithey, what specific allegations her client disputes and she declined to cite any. She said Blews will not give any interviews, but he is “profoundly disappointed” in the council’s refusal to honor its contractual obligations.
In a statement, the CCCU said it “stands ready to defend its decision to make a presidential transition.”