The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Muhlenberg president under fire

Controversy erupted at Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pa., over Arthur Taylor, a former CBS president whose 10-year term as the school's president could end in dismissal.

The college's trustees met June 12 for more than six hours, reacting to reports that Taylor refused to allow a former college chaplain to speak at a campus memorial, placed the dean of faculty on administrative leave, and engaged in undisclosed acts of "inappropriate behavior."

The trustees formed an investigative committee and planned to meet Aug. 20 to decide whether to fire Taylor. Soon after the meeting, Taylor announced his intention to take a vacation from the college until the August meeting.

Several students quoted in The Morning Call, Allentown, expressed a desire to see the president stay. One recently elected trustee, 1980 alumnus Raymond L. Singer, resigned from his position and withdrew his financial support in protest of the process, which he claimed was an unjustified campaign to oust Taylor.

During Taylor's tenure at Muhlenberg, the college has seen significant increases in enrollment and endowment and a decrease in debt, something Singer and others attribute to Taylor's presidency. Taylor's previous accomplishments included founding the cable channel now known as the A&E Television Network.


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