, a Presbyterian school in Decatur with 2,380 students, said in a statement that the school expects James St. James
, 61, to keep teaching at Millikin
The school said it "has only recently been made aware of Dr. St. James'
Given the traumatic experiences of his
childhood, Dr. St. James'
efforts to rebuild his
life and obtain a successful professional career have been remarkable."
St. James, originally James Wolcott, spent six years in a mental institution after the killings but emerged to start a new life, changing his name and getting master's and doctoral degrees in psychology, according to the Georgetown Advocate newspaper.
could not be reached for comment Friday.
The news sent a shock wave through Decatur, with city council member Jerry J. Dawson, a former Macon County sheriff, saying that St. James should have told the school about his past before joining the faculty.
In its statement, the university said that St. James had over 27 years "taught a variety of courses at Millikin, served in various leadership roles and built a successful academic career, receiving academic awards including the 1997 Teaching Excellence and Leadership Award."