From the Associated Press:
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Embattled Oral Roberts University president Richard Roberts, facing accusations he misspent university funds to support a lavish lifestyle, has received a vote of “no confidence” by the tenured faculty at the evangelical university.
Richard Roberts has been on temporary leave while an investigation into the school’s finances continues.
Accusations of lavish spending were detailed in a wrongful termination lawsuit filed Oct. 2 by three former ORU professors. The lawsuit includes allegations of a $39,000 shopping tab at one store for Richard Roberts’ wife, Lindsay, a $29,411 Bahamas senior trip on the university jet for one of Roberts’ daughters and a stable of horses for the Roberts children.
Tulsa attorney Gary Richardson, who filed the lawsuit against ORU on behalf of the former professors, said he was “encouraged” to see that steps are being taken to preserve the university.
Last week, Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley announced a Senate investigation into whether six televangelists violated their organizations’ tax-exempt status by living lavishly on the backs of small donors.
The Robertses were not among the six. But those targeted include three members of the school’s Board of Regents: Creflo Dollar, Kenneth Copeland and Benny Hinn.
Former ORU regent Harry McNevin told AP in a recent interview that he quit the board in disgust in 1987 after it became clear that the Robertses were dipping into the school’s endowment fund for their personal use.