Trinity International University loses millions from disgruntled board member
A former member of the Trinity International University Foundation says he's dropping plans to give the school $7 million annually. The gift would have made Trinity's divinity school tuition-free, but now William P. Welty tells the Los Angeles Times the deal is off. Welty, a satellite entertainment entrepreneur who received a Master of Divinity degree from the school in 1978, is giving several reasons for his change of mind. But "the catalyst that led me to revoke the gift," he says, was the firing of Trinity Law School Dean Winston L. Frost last summer. "Trinity didn't live up to the principles of a Christian law school in the way they terminated him," Welty said. "The process was arbitrary and unfair." (Regular Weblog readers will remember that Frost was fired for plagiarizing the Encyclopedia Britannica.) Welty is on the law school's advisory board (though his curriculum vitae says his post ended in October 2001).
But that's not all: this guy is fascinating (so fascinating, in fact, that Weblog has used his entire Weblogging time reading Welty's c.v.). On the religious side of things, he is heading up the creation of the International Standard Version Bible translation project, he's the former CEO of Maranatha Broadcasting, and he used to teach apologetics at Simon Greenleaf University. But the guy is also a technology geek. In addition to his satellite activities, he's behind the creation of the Atlas Engine. And he founded The Compassionate Use Project, which "teaches diabetics how to import animal insulin alternatives to human-based insulin products." Readers will also be interested to know that his Compassionate Use Project/CARE Foundation ...1
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