ORU Lawsuit Settled

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ORU Lawsuit Settled
Oral Roberts University
settled a wrongful termination lawsuit Wednesday that was filled by three former
professors last October.
ORU Lawsuit Settled
[ 10.23.08] Late Wednesday evening, Oral Roberts University (ORU) announced that it had
settled a wrongful termination lawsuit filled a year ago by three former
“This matter is now resolved and we are pleased to have it behind us,” said
ORU interim president Ralph Fagin in a statement.
The professors—Tim Brooker and his wife, Paulita, along with John W.
Swails, who settled in January and has now been reinstated—filed the lawsuit
against former ORU President Richard L. Roberts, his wife Lindsay, and some of
the school’s administrators in October 2007.
Roberts was accused of mismanaging the school’s finances and using some of
the money to fund his family’s lavish lifestyle. He resigned from his post in
November 2007 though he denied the charges in the lawsuit.
The Tulsa World reported that the Brookers originally requested a
$2.5 million settlement, which ORU initially rejected. The terms of the
settlement accepted Wednesday in the court ordered mediation were not disclosed.
Richard Roberts said he supported the university’s decision, according to
the newspaper. “The university decided to settle the lawsuit with the Brookers,
and I support the university. I cannot comment any further at this time,”
Roberts said.
Despite the controversy that has surrounded ORU for the last year, school
officials say the school has turned a new page with the start of the new school
“ORU is moving forward into a new era of fiscally focused, mission-minded,
whole-person education,” said Mart Green, founder of the Christian supply-store
chain Mardel, who pledged $70 million to help the debt-ridden school “restore
its broken trust.”
A fundraising campaign raised $5.8 million from more than 6,000 donors.
Numerous buildings have gotten new carpeting, wiring, paint and furniture in the
last year.
The Prayer Tower, ORU’s landmark building, was to have undergone
significant repairs before opening during the fall semester with a new Student
Prayer Initiative. Funds will also be used to upgrade academic programs.
“Our best asset is our students,” Green said.
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