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Erskine College

2 Washington St

Due West, South Carolina 29639

United States

Company Description

Erskine College is committed to excellent liberal arts education. At Erskine an excellent liberal arts education means that all students pursue a broad-based course of study including requirements in language and literature, visual and performing arts, ... more

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Background Information

Employment History

President

Covenant Theological Seminary

Affiliations

Board Member
World Reformed Fellowship

Board Member
Live Elements Inc

Moderator
36th General Assembly

Moderator of Synod, Erskine Trustee, Advisory Member
Moderator's Commission

Board Member
Going Global Network

Education

B.A.

Psychology

University of Minnesota

M.Div.

Columbia Seminary

M.Div.

Columbia Theological Seminary

Ph.D.

Educational Psychology

University of Alabama

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Kooistra's hand is on Vigus' ...

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Kooistra's hand is on Vigus' shoulder as he hangs on for life.

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On June 15, according to the bylaws of the Erskine board, three members of the board petitioned Chairman Ron Vigus for a "special" meeting of the board in order to hear what would have been a motion of "no confidence" in the leadership of Erskine President Paul Kooistra.
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Specifically, matters involving Kooistra's leadership, athletics at Erskine, and separation of the seminary and college.
And why would members of the board be upset with Kooistra? Well, could it be they felted "played" and lied to by him? At the board meeting, the rumor was Kooistra was going to resign after the board meeting and a motion asking him to resign was not needed - and Kooistra fed the rumor. At Synod, the rumor was Kooistra was going to resign after the meeting of Synod and a motion of "no confidence" by Synod was not needed - and Kooistra and others close to him fed the rumor.
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Vigus ignores the following: (1) a significant portion of the board has no confidence in President Kooistra's leadership; (2) a significant portion of the board does not trust Kooistra to tell the truth; (3) a significant portion of the board is offended by Kooistra's attitude toward the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church; (4) a significant portion of the board does not trust Kooistra's judgment regard financial matters - specifically, this means CFO Greg Haselden is not trusted; (5) a significant portion of the board does not believe Kooistra is able to provide capable leadership to Erskine Seminary and does not have the welfare of the seminary at heart; and, (6) now, a significant portion of the board does not believe Vigus is capable of leading the board.
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Vigus ignores the following: (1) a significant portion of the board has no confidence in President Kooistra's leadership; (2) a significant portion of the board does not trust Kooistra to tell the truth; (3) a significant portion of the board is offended by Kooistra's attitude toward the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church; (4) a significant portion of the board does not trust Kooistra's judgment regard financial matters - specifically, this means CFO Greg Haselden is not trusted; (5) a significant portion of the board does not believe Kooistra is able to provide capable leadership to Erskine Seminary and does not have the welfare of the seminary at heart; and, (6) now, a significant portion of the board does not believe Vigus is capable of leading the board.
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In the midst of a petition for a "special" meeting of the board and Vigus' undermining and roadblocking of the call for a "special" meeting of the board, Vigus sent out a form for a board evaluation of President Kooistra.
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Last year, the board did its annual evaluation of Kooistra. However, a comprehensive evaluation involving board members, faculty, and staff has not yet been conducted - and faculty and staff are the people who actually work with and for Kooistra. They are the people who know the "real" Kooistra.
At this point, even an evaluation by the members of the 2015/16 board will not be a pretty sight. It will reveal the following: (1) a significant portion of the board wants Kooistra to resign; and (2) the board is terribly divided. The bottom line is this: with a board, faculty, and staff badly divided, Kooistra does not have a mandate to lead.
In the face of regulations and advice by staff at SACS's headquarter in Atlanta and directives from Erskine's own standards regarding Presidential evaluations, Vigus refused to authorize a comprehensive evaluation of Kooistra.
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Here are the realities of Due West: (1) apart from the athletic faculty and Kooistra's Leadership Team, Kooistra is not well thought of at the college; and, (2) at the seminary, most of the faculty view him with a complete lack of trust and respect.
Two members of the Executive Committee called for a meeting of the Executive Committee in order to make a motion to add the faculty and staff in the evaluation of Kooistra and to secure anonymity in the evaluation.
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Without a by-your-leave, Vigus summarily dismissed an Erskine Seminary alum, a seminary advocate who is willing to speak truth to Kooistra (and to Vigus as well), a senior member of the board who actually supported Kooistra for the presidency, and a highly respected senior minister in the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in order to get a political advantage.
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Without a by-your-leave, Vigus summarily dismissed an Erskine Seminary alum, a seminary advocate who is willing to speak truth to Kooistra (and to Vigus as well), a senior member of the board who actually supported Kooistra for the presidency, and a highly respected senior minister in the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in order to get a political advantage.
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Therefore, an evaluation of Kooistra will be done; however, the evaluation will not include faculty and staff and will not guarantee anonymity.
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Kooistra did not ask for a comprehensive Presidential evaluation.
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THREE: What is Kooistra presently doing for the seminary?
During and after the General Assembly of the PCA, a number of PCA minister friends called and asked, "Is it true the assets of Erskine Seminary and the seminary faculty in Due West are to be disbursed to Columbia and Augusta? My response, "That's interesting! It makes sense, but I don't know how Kooistra would do it!"
Well, we may be seeing how Kooistra does it!
Kooistra could not find money to pay RJ Gore for 21 months of work he did as Acting Dean of Erskine Seminary. However, Kooistra has found money to pay a salary to the new Acting Dean of Erskine Seminary whose office is in Columbia.
Kooistra could not find money to continue Dale Johnson as the seminary's only legitimate Church History professor in Due West or any of the extensions.
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FOUR: What's wrong with Kooistra?
What is wrong with Kooistra? Why does he lie?
At the board meeting last February, Kooistra stated he often visited with the seminary faculty in Due West in order to find out their needs. Well, I cannot find any faculty members who acknowledge a sit-down meeting with Kooistra in their Bowie offices. As a matter of fact, I know someone who invited Kooistra to go over to the seminary with him and sit down and talk over differences with the faculty members, and Kooistra refused to do it. Indeed, Kooistra said the members of the seminary faculty offended him, and he is not going to sit down with them.
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Well, does that sound like Kooistra and company were attempting to deceive ATS?
This sounds like he lies!
At General Synod, when Kooistra disputed the financial figures given by RJ Gore, he said he did not know where Gore got his numbers, and then he stated the actual budget for the college was $17 million and not $29 million. Well, the financial numbers Gore used came from the OFFICIAL Erskine Report to General Synod. The $29 million was what the report stated. Well, did he lie in the report, or did he lie in the debate with Gore, hoping no one would notice?
Whatever, this sounds like he lies!
On Gore's evaluation (as can be seen in the last issue of ARPTalk), Kooistra attempted to misrepresent Gore's performance. I think Gore should ask the Minister and His Work Committee of Second Presbytery to investigate this matter.
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What is wrong with Kooistra? Why does he behave in the manner he does? Does he have a personality disorder?
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Vigus and company are attempting to protect Kooistra.


"The extended Erskine family came together ...

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"The extended Erskine family came together in some special ways this past year," Kooistra said. "We had to make some tough decisions that really affected our faculty and staff. I am thankful for their continued commitment to Erskine's mission in the midst of these challenges. And, of course, we are grateful to our alumni and friends for their continued support."

Erskine President Dr. Paul Kooistra announced on December 8 that Erskine College and Seminary has received full reaffirmation of its accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
"This is very good news," Kooistra said.
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"The extended Erskine family came together in some special ways this past year," Kooistra said.


missions - www.gpc-pca.org

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Dr. Paul Kooistra, former head of MTW and current president of Erskine University, will be our keynote speaker.


When I read in Faith Online ...

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When I read in Faith Online about Dr. Kooistra's appointment to become president of Erskine College and Seminary, I rejoiced and thanked the Lord! God has so gifted Paul Kooistra with the gifts of leadership, pastoral ministry, preaching the truth, honesty/integrity that Erskine so desperately needs.

Our great God has answered my specific prayers for the next leader of this great institution. I almost wish that I had not retired to be on the receiving end of this very capable man of God.
For several years it has been my unspoken (and spoken to a few) belief that the BOT should go after Dr. Kooistra. I am thrilled that God has been good to "us" and brought this man for this time in the life of our staff, students, and faculty.
I agree with one of the comments above, Dr. Kooistra will succeed on the prayers of the people uttered to the powerful God of the universe. We, those who pray, should get it right this time and pray asking God for His mercy and grace poured out liberally upon this institution.
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3) Indeed, I too am thankful for Dr. Kooistra, and, as you say, “May God bless Erskine College and Seminary!� Yes, may President Kooistra be able to lead Erskine to the place of renewal so that God can bless.
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The election of Dr. Kooistra exceeds anything that I could've imagined or for which I could've hoped.
I have only met Dr. Kooistra once, when he preached at a PCA church that I was then attending some years ago and then only briefly, but I had heard many good things about him and think it an inspired choice.
Although no longer an Associate Reformed Presbyterian I give thanks as a seminary alumnus for to God for His calling of Dr. Kooistra to Erskine and look forward to seeing how the College and Seminary will be blessed by his leadership in the years to come.


Erskine College will remain ...

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Erskine College will remain fully accredited under a status of probation, according to a letter sent out by Erskine President Paul Kooistra on Tuesday.

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Of that encounter, Kooistra wrote: "In that meeting, I had the opportunity to demonstrate two important points to the committee. First, Erskine is currently operating from a sound financial base. And second, we are already making substantial progress toward full compliance with accreditation standards of financial sustainability."
Such steps include various cuts to faculty and programs at the college and seminary announced last week, as well as faculty-wide salary and retirement cuts and a tuition increase announced in August.
"These measures position us to achieve our financial and accreditation objectives," Kooistra stated.
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In spite of the new sanction, Kooistra stated the committee was encouraged by the institution's presentation and steps its taking toward long-term financial sustainability. He indicated that because SACSCOC "looks for consistent compliance over several annual cycles," the probationary sanction was not, altogether a surprise to school administration.
While the move toward financial stability was expedited by the accreditation progress, it was part of a larger effort of the institution to secure its future financial sustainability. In his letter, Kooistra reiterated this goal.
"As I have said before, our primary objective is to ensure that we continue to pursue our mission and provide the quality and value worthy of the Erskine name and heritage for generations to come," Kooistra wrote.

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