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In his first meeting with the university’s Cabinet, Pettit said he believed it was appropriate for BJU to seek its tax-exempt status because the university doesn’t believe the positions it once held about race.
Pettit called the university’s racist policies a social issue that was not biblical.“The Bible is very clear,” Pettit said as he announced the change to the university Wednesday night.
When GOP presidential candidates Ted Cruz and Ben Carson visited Bob Jones University last week in separate events, it signaled to many in the political community that the evangelical institution in Greenville once again was ready for the national political limelight.
The fundamentalist Christian school had once been an obligatory stop for GOP conservatives running for president, attracting the likes of Ronald Reagan in 1980 to George W. But BJU’s policies banning interracial dating, which ended after Bush’s visit, and its branding of Catholicism by a former BJU president as a “satanic counterfeit,” along with a political disinterest by a later BJU president, made the campus less a routine campaign destination – until this year. “We realize this is an important event in the history of our country and we want to do our part in giving our students the opportunity to be educated and make right choices.” Former Gov.
It also moves BJU from a for-profit college to a nonprofit classification with the U. Department of Education, “which is frequently perceived more favorably by the public,” Page said. And though the university operates debt-free and doesn’t plan to take on debt, it could potentially save through lower interest rates if it chose to take on debt, Page said.
Now donors’ gifts will be tax-deductible, Page said.“It helps when you’re trying to raise money for an organization to have a tax-exempt status,” Page said.
“That obviously helps your advancement folks, your development folks and those in the community – companies, individuals, alumni – to make it easier to donate to a nonprofit.”The change wouldn’t affect students’ scholarships or grants and wouldn’t affect employees, he said.
– will include the BJU Press, University Cleaners and the Bob Jones Academy middle and high schools.
The university will still be governed by its 25-member Board of Trustees.