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BJU President Steve Pettit Announces GRACE Report

GREENVILLE, S.C. (December 10, 2014) – Bob Jones University President Steve Pettit announced to the BJU faculty, staff and students this morning that GRACE has completed its report on how the University responded in the past to student reports of sexual abuse or assault.

In November 2012, BJU initiated the GRACE investigation to make certain university policies and procedures for handling reports of sexual abuse and assault comply with every aspect of the law and ensure a loving, scripturally based response to those involved. Additionally, BJU leadership wished to have an opportunity to communicate with and be reconciled with any former students or other individuals who believe they received inadequate help when they reported to a BJU representative that they had been abused at some point in their past.

In making the announcement, Pettit said, “We are all awakening to the depth and breadth of this societal problem.  Colleges and universities across the country are reassessing how they handle cases of sexual abuse and assault.  We want to be part of that solution.  To do that, we must first take the mote out of our own eye and address our own failings. The GRACE report helps in that effort by helping us identify areas of concern.”

While the report focuses on the experiences of approximately 20 out of over 90,000 former students, it identified a number of instances where BJU’s response was inadequate and students were not satisfied with the help they received. It also identified a number of specific areas requiring improvement.

During his presentation earlier today, President Pettit apologized to the abuse and assault victims who said they did not receive adequate help and expressed his appreciation for their courage in coming forward and sharing their experiences with GRACE. He stated, “I would like to sincerely and humbly apologize to those who felt they did not receive from us genuine love, compassion, understanding and support after suffering sexual abuse or assault …To them I would say—we have carefully listened to your voice. We take your testimony in this report to our hearts. We intend to thoroughly review every aspect and concern outlined in the investigation and respond appropriately.”

President Pettit will immediately appoint a committee which will review the report findings and recommendations over the next 90 days.

“For those actions to be truly meaningful, we must make a long-term commitment that creates genuine, sustainable change,” said Pettit. “This will take a lot of hard work in the coming months, in fact, years. This is a process of change that must and will happen by the grace of God. This is our solemn pledge.”

GRACE, based in Lynchburg, Virginia, will release its final report Thurs., Dec. 11.

“It Is Well With My Soul”

The Thanksgiving praise service at Bob Jones University featured “It Is Well With My Soul.”

Greenville Announces Poinsettia Christmas Parade Grand Marshals; BJU & Furman Presidents to Serve as Grand Marshals

The following text is taken directly from a press release released today by the City of Greenville:

Greenville, S.C. –The City of Greenville has chosen two new university presidents to serve as this year’s grand marshals for the annual Greenville Poinsettia Christmas Parade. Dr. Elizabeth Davis, president of Furman University, and Steve Pettit, president of Bob Jones University, will receive a grand welcome to Greenville as they lead over 80 parade units in the event that is scheduled for December 6 at 6 p.m. on Main Street from Augusta Street to North Street.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to welcome new Presidents Davis and Pettit to Greenville alongside the thousands of people who will attend this year’s parade,” said Mayor Knox White. “Connecting higher education to downtown has always been a priority for Greenville and continues to play an essential role in the city’s growth and success. These two organizations are valuable community partners, and we look forward to continuing to working with them to further enhance the quality of life of our community.”

Elizabeth Davis, Ph.D., became Furman University’s 12th President on July 1, 2014. Dr. Davis previously served as Executive Vice President and Provost of Baylor University in Texas, where she oversaw the university’s 11 schools and colleges as well as more than a dozen research centers and institutes.

Steve Pettit became the fifth president of Bob Jones University in May of 2014. An alumnus of BJU, Pettit previously served on the Board of Trustees. He earned a BS in business administration from The Citadel in 1978 and a MA in pastoral studies from BJU Seminary in 1980.

The one-mile parade route will stretch from North Street to Augusta Street on Main Street and feature musical marching groups, elaborately decorated floats and, of course, Santa Claus. The parade is free to the public, and spectators will find ample places to view the parade, with prime seating located from the Main Street Bridge south toward Falls Park.


The parade will be featured the following week on For more information about the parade, visit

BJU Students Make Presentation to International Cancer Research Conference


Pictured left to right-Anthony Nye, Hannah Ng, Emily Harris, Dr. Steve Figard and Danny Machado.

GREENVILLE, S.C. (November 17, 2014) — Dr. Steve Figard, research director for the Bob Jones University Cancer Research Lab, recently had the opportunity to accompany four students as they made a poster presentation at the annual American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) Conference.

The two-day conference, held at the Capitol Hill Hilton in Washington, DC, featured nearly 100 presenters from colleges and universities around the world. Medical schools and laboratories from such schools as Ohio State University, Johns Hopkins University, Tufts University, University of South Carolina and the University of Paris were all on hand to make presentations to the hundreds of delegates assembled.

“It was an incredible opportunity for Bob Jones University to be featured as a presenter at an international cancer research conference,” said Danny Machado, a junior Biology major from Guatemala. “While what we presented was preliminary work, it was the beginning of putting BJU’s Cancer Research Laboratory on the map.”

Their research project, “Partial Characterization of the Extraction Method for and Treatment with a Potential Anti-Cancer Agent from Almonds,” originally began as a research project while Dr. Amy Tuck, BJU biology faculty member, was serving as the interim Director of Cancer Research. Students at BJU have been working on the project for three years and were able to accumulate sufficient data this past summer to make their poster presentation. The students designed and executed a set of experiments using almonds in their quest to find a natural substance to eliminate gastric cancer cells.

“From an academic perspective, it was a privilege to interact with health professionals and research directors from medical schools around the world,” said Anthony Nye, a senior Biology major from Indianapolis, Indiana. “This conference brought together international experts in cancer research and it was a privilege for BJU to participate.”

In addition to Nye and Machado, Emily Harris, a junior Premed major from Sparks, Nevada, and Hannah Ng, a junior Premed major from Singapore, were members of the BJU poster team.

The BJU Cancer Research Lab opened in 2010 as a result of a large grant from a private donor in memoriam to her husband who died from cancer. It is housed in the former Barge Memorial Hospital on the BJU campus.

Dr. Deanna Moore Elected as President-Elect of SC Music Teachers Association

Deanna MooreGREENVILLE, S.C. (November 14, 2014) – Dr. Deanna Moore, professor of music at Bob Jones University, was recently elected as President-Elect of the South Carolina Music Teachers Association (SCMTA) during their recent state conference held at Anderson University in Anderson, South Carolina. Prior to her election as President-Elect, Dr. Moore served as Vice President for Conferences for the SCMTA.

During the conference, Moore was responsible for inviting nationally-recognized pedagogue Ingrid Jacobson Clarfield and internationally acclaimed pianist Lucille Chung to perform. She also set the conference schedule, hosted guests, and emceed many of the events.

Moore, a resident of Taylors, earned a Doctor of Music Arts in Piano Performance from the University of South Carolina, where she studied piano and piano pedagogy under Scott Price. She also studied literature and pedagogy under Charles Fugo and Marina Lomazov. She received a B.M. and M.M. in Piano Performance from BJU studying under the late Laurence Hamilton Morton. She serves on the faculty of the BJU Summer Music Camps and gives presentations and workshops for students and teachers.

SC Aeronautics Commission Director to Speak at BJU

JamesStephensGREENVILLE, S.C. (October 31, 2014) – South Carolina Aeronautics Commission interim director James Stephens will be the featured speaker for the Upstate Aeronautics Association Tues., Nov. 4, at 6 p.m. in Levinson Hall on the Bob Jones University campus.

Stephens will draw on his broad experience in the aviation industry as he shares his passion for the advancement of aeronautics. He will also highlight the various careers and opportunities available in aeronautics.

A resident of Cayce, Stephens graduated with a BS in Aviation Management from BJU in 2002.

Members of the community are encouraged to attend the event. Levinson Hall is located near the front entrance of the BJU campus in the Welcome Center.

BJU Named “Best Mid-Sized Delegation” at South Carolina Student Legislature

SCSLDelegationGREENVILLE, S.C. (October 27, 2014) – The Bob Jones University delegation to the South Carolina Student Legislature (SCSL) was named “Best Mid-Sized Delegation” during the fall SCSL session held at the South Carolina State House Oct. 22-24.

The delegation, chaired by senior Ashley Archibald of Severna Park, Maryland, is comprised of Briley Hughes of Greenwood, Indiana, Ben Nicholas of Mauldin, Matt Thomas of Greenville, Kristen Ince of Simpsonville, Billy Kauffman of Ocala, Florida, Matt Ledbetter of Greenville, Nikki Arnold of Brook, Indiana, Will Peek of Greenville, Margaret Stegall of Greenville and Elliott Kelley of Easley.

Matt Thomas, BJU senior and outgoing governor of SCSL, was awarded SCSL’s highest award, The Carlisle Award, named in honor of SCSL’s founder, Dr. Douglas Carlisle.

Ashley Archibald, delegation chair, was awarded the Chad M. Beatty Award, which is given to the best graduating senior non-officer member of SCSL.

Other BJU students receiving awards included senior Ben Nicholas being named “Best Representative” and junior Kristen Ince was honored with the “Best Legislation” Award and elected as President Pro Tempore of the SCSL Senate.

Other South Carolina colleges and universities, in addition to Bob Jones University, participating in the recent fall session included Charleston Southern University, Clemson University, Coastal Carolina University, College of Charleston, Erskine College, Francis Marion University, Lander University, North Greenville University and The Citadel.


Bob Jones University Hosts Missions Emphasis Week

Rev. John Crocker

Rev. John Crocker

Mr. Jay Cross

Mr. Jay Cross

GREENVILLE, S.C. (October 20, 2014) – Bob Jones University will set aside the week of Oct. 20-23 to focus on the work and importance of missions. This year’s theme, “Only One Life to Offer,” is taken from Matthew 16:25-26.

The daily chapel service, held Monday through Thursday at 11 a.m. in the Founder’s Memorial Amphitorium on the BJU campus, will feature missionary speakers.

Rev. Jon Crocker, missionary to Mexico with Gospel Fellowship Association, will speak Monday and Tuesday.  Mr. Jay Cross, missionary to Peru (on deputation) with IBM Global, will speak Wednesday and Thursday.

Over one hundred representatives from over fifty mission organizations will be on campus to talk with students and those interested in serving on the mission field.

The University started Missions Emphasis Week in 1989 to impress on the students the demand of world evangelism. The command to “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel” is for all of us. Missionaries will show the need for workers – both full-time missionaries and business professionals – and introduce their organizations to students who want to use the gifts God has given them in serving Him in a variety of ways on the mission field.

Dr. Heidi Campbell Presents Research at Broadcast Education Conference

Heidi CampbellGREENVILLE, S.C. (October 7, 2014) – Dr. Heidi D. Campbell , Associate Professor from the Journalism & Mass Communication department at Bob Jones University recently presented her research titled,  “The Role of Facebook in the Religious Lives of Emerging Adults” at the Broadcast Education Association conference at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. Dr. Campbell’s research agenda includes research on the intersection of religion, media, and emerging adulthood.