Dr. Carl Ruby was removed.
Everyone, from administration to staff, knows this to be the case but they cannot state this publicly. If Dr. Ruby left voluntarily, there would have been no need for a “mutual” legal agreement and communication plan, and no need for him to leave office a mere matter of days after the announcement was made. In contrast, Chuck had no need of a legal “communication plan”, and he announced his retirement over a year in advance.
Unlike Dr. Gredy and the Trustees, Dr. Ruby invested his entire 30 year professional career in Cedarville University. He loves this school. As students, we want to know who removed Carl Ruby, and we want to know why. We believe that these are perfectly legitimate concerns, especially since our tuition accounts for 95% of Cedarville’s revenue.
At the same time, the philosophy major is about to be cut from Cedarville’s catalogue. We are supposed to believe this is merely a good business decision, but that is not a reasonable explanation. Cedarville University is committed to aggressively expanding in other areas, as illustrated by the new health science building and pharmacy program. For its size, the philosophy program has a disproportionately positive influence at Cedarville University.
It appears that these choices are being made for ideological reasons.
What are Cedarville’s goals if those goals cannot include Dr. Ruby? or a Philosophy major?
Watch for evasive answers to your concerns and vague replies to your questions. Many alumni and current students have repeatedly emailed Dr. Cornman and Dr. Gredy with questions; their replies have been recycled advertising and PR, full of phrases like “We will continue to equip Christian leaders who make a difference in the world for Jesus Christ” or “as the University family works through this season of change, the priorities and commitments we hold dear are not changing” or “I wish I could tell you more, but I just can’t”…if they answer at all. While these phrases may be true, they are extremely vague and in no way address the circumstances. This is at odds with Dr. Gredy’s very public support for transparency. If Cedarville’s identity and vision were not changing, good and godly men like Carl Ruby would certainly still be a part of our community.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
- Commit to praying for Cedarville University and its leaders from now through the Trustee Meeting on January 24-25.
- Attend the prayer meeting today (Thursday, Jan 17) at 5:00pm in the Upper SSC between Career Services and the Presidential Dining Room.
- Attend the SGA town hall meeting with Dr. Gredy next Tuesday (Jan. 22) at 7:00pm in the Recital Hall (DMC).
- Sign the Petitions: Reinstate Carl Ruby and Restore Critical Thought to CU.
- Contact trustees and others in authority with any questions or concerns you might have.