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Bob Jones University Taps Pastor Josh Crockett as President After Conflict Over Politics

Bob Jones University has chosen a new president to lead the influential private evangelical school, a year after disagreements over vision and politics between the predecessor and the university’s board brought resignations.

Josh Crockett, senior pastor at Morningside Baptist Church in Greenville and a 2001 BJU graduate, was selected with “overwhelming support” of the university’s board this week.

Crockett succeeds Alan Benson, who had served as interim president since May 2023, and BJU’s former president Steve Pettit, who stepped down just months after renewing his contract.

Pettit’s abrupt resignation came after letters showed he had serious concerns about then-board chairman John Lewis’ leadership, alleging he had adopted a “posture of secrecy and privacy,” consolidated personal power on the board and obstructed a Title IX investigation.

Lewis stepped down a week after Pettit announced his resignation and was replaced as chairman by long-time board member Sam Dawson.

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