Six months after his son’s death by suicide, Ergun Caner stepped down today as president of Brewton-Parker College (BPC). After working hard the past year to successfully restore the struggling Southern Baptist college to health, Caner told trustees he now needs to focus on his own.
“Brewton-Parker College cannot become a healthy, growing and stable college under the leadership of a man who is broken,” he told BPC's board. “And I am admitting to you that I am broken. I can’t get over his death, and I am not sure I want to. I do know that I cannot muster the fight needed to be the leader of our college. My family and my heart need healing, and you deserve better.”
After 15-year-old Braxton died in July, Caner went back to work “because, frankly, that’s all I knew to do.”
But in November, he was hospitalized. “A heart catheterization, the removal of seven pints of fluid and all the tests in the world can’t resolve ...1