We do need to go as a group to make our case—because if we make a case corporately, it will help us all individually. And I'm finding more and more CEOs at Christian colleges and universities understanding that we have such a depth of resources.
Do you see a more prominent role for yourself in the Latino community and immigration reform?
Because I am not at the head of Regent University, which did constrain my advocacy, I will be more vocal in the months ahead about this issue. It is an important, critical issue. I think it is obviously much broader than it generally is portrayed. We have to resolve the broad issue of an immigration policy that is clearly broken, particularly for Latinos in America, here in an undocumented state. It will resolve for them their own status and help us.
When you look back on that the 2010 episode with the LGBT community controversy at Regent, do you feel that you did the right thing in bringing LGBT leaders on campus for dialogue to resolve differences?
My belief is that Christ calls all people no matter what their sexual tendencies are. That none should perish. My hope is that we can have that Christ first call toward all people. But also to not deny what we believe what the Bible says regarding sexual purity and what that really means. There is a way for us to navigate this issue and not be seen in the ways that we have been seen.
It was one of the high points of my time at Regent. It humanized the issue. Where is the opposition to immigration reform the greatest? It's in those places there's been no interaction between immigrants and the native population.
The same thing is true with LGBT and Christians. We have been so separate and so vocal and vitriolic in our relationship. It has been anything but positive. We were able to sit down with the leaders of the LGBT community in Southeast Virginia and they saw us as people, people first. That really becomes one of the keys. That model works well. We have not led the way we should as Christians. We have a more powerful narrative.
Since your resignation, you must have more time on your hands. Are you going on a Disney cruise? You've got to do something that's fun, right?
I do love to play golf. My wife gives me a hard time. She says I have adult restless leg syndrome because I don't do leisure as well as I should. I love working, and I really do. I love working around young people who have a sense of purpose—even those that don't. This whole idea of helping kids find their own destiny is pretty exciting to me.
But there's still the itch to get back in the game.
Yes. No question. I will tell you that the outpouring of support, it must sound cliché, but it has been extraordinary, frankly overwhelming. Karen and I have been humbled, and we are so grateful. Both folks within the campus community at Regent and the broader Hampton Roads community.
We have this overarching hope for Regent. We did not leave with a sense of animus toward the institution, and really want it to thrive.