Marvin Olasky announced his resignation as provost of The King's College just months after the college chose Dinesh D'Souza as president.
On January 31, 2011, Olasky will transition from provost to "presidential scholar," handling the college's guest speaker series. Olasky will focus most of his energies on being editor in chief of World magazine, a bi-weekly news magazine. "It will come as no surprise to you that Dinesh D'Souza and I have different ideas about some things," he said in an e-mail to Christianity Today. "I'd like to leave it at that and not do an interview." This is a shift from what he told CT in August: "I remain committed to King's."
The college, which is headquartered in rented space in the Empire State Building, surprised Christian higher education observers by choosing someone who has a Catholic background to lead a school that says its "roots are in the Protestant evangelical tradition." Olasky defended the decision at the time.
"I know there's some concern on the part of some evangelicals about the direction of King's because of Dinesh's background. But he, in my view, is certainly heading in the right direction," Olasky said in August. "What I can do is work to make sure that the academic program remains firmly in the Protestant, evangelical tradition."
Olasky will move from New York City to Asheville, North Carolina, where World's parent company, God's World Publications, is based.
D'Souza declined through an assistant to do an interview with Christianity Today. In an August interview with CT, he said that his Catholic background would be in line with The King's College vision.
"My apologetic is very nondenominational; it's very much inspired by the C. S. Lewis idea of mere Christianity," D'Souza ...