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Georgetown College, Ky. Baptists may loosen ties - Louisville Courier-Journal

Georgetown College will begin electing its own trustees and no longer will receive funding from the Kentucky Baptist Convention under a proposed agreement that would loosen the ties between the convention and the state’s oldest Baptist college.Under the proposal, the convention will phase out over four years its $1.3 million in annual funding to the college, and the college will have a self-perpetuating board of trustees. Currently the convention elects the college’s trustees, all of whom must be Baptist.Georgetown President William Crouch said more than half of the college’s alumni are non-Baptist and that the school needs to make room for them on its trustee board to raise more funds.The move also came amid some growing tension between some in the convention over how religion should be taught at the college. But Crouch said the relationship would allow the college and the convention “each to pursue our special callings … as Christians.”The agreement, announced today following negotiations between the college and the convention, still needs final approval from voters at the convention’s annual meeting next month.But Georgetown trustees had signaled their plan to exercise their legal right to withdraw from the convention, and both sides said it was best to - more available

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