SACS REAFFIRMS LOUISIANA COLLEGE: DENIES QUARLES COMPLAINTS Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Dr. Tommy French has announced that The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, (SACS) has notified Louisiana College and Charles “Chuck” Quarles, former Vice President of Integration of Faith and Learning, that SACS has denied Quarles’ complaints against Louisiana College’s President, Dr. Joe Aguillard and closed his complaint file. SACS’ decision affirms the long-time Louisiana Baptist College President. SACS joins a long list of groups exonerating President Aguillard. Quarles’ complaints caused SACS to address the College's financial status in their October, 2013 visit to the College. Following the October visit, SACS met on December 10, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia and issued its final report which reaffirmed the accreditation of Louisiana College. Dr. Tommy French has said, “It’s time to bring clarity, finality, and the absolute truth to the issues and hearsay surrounding Louisiana College. Our President, Dr. Joe Aguillard, has been vetted and completely exonerated. It’s time for the facts to come out to restore the reputation of Louisiana College, the Board of Trustees, and President Aguillard. Following the Louisiana College Board of Trustees Investigative Committee and full Board of Trustees denials of his complaints against the President, Quarles immediately left the College for employment at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. It is unknown if the seminary is aware of the latest rejections of Quarles' complaints against the President. After reviewing all of the evidence, SACS rejected Quarles’ complaint that the President created statements that were inaccurate regarding donor approval of funding for a future $10 Million Divinity School building, sharing that facility with the future Law School, and for funding the College’s mission work in Tanzania, Africa. On January 8, 2013, Quarles filed a formal complaint to SACS stating that he never "personally heard the donor make a formal commitment to build the proposed facility", and "No such gift had been pledged." In addition, Quarles also complained to SACS that he had no knowledge of donor plans to support mission work in Tanzania, Africa, including stating that the donors never "approved use of their gift to underwrite an extension of the College in Tanzania." SACS rejected Quarles' assertions, with documentation provided by the College supporting the President’s innocence and multiple published statements made by Quarles himself to the College, media, and others which he attributed to the donors, that he was, in fact, the person who made the claims regarding the Divinity School and the African mission work. SACS examined Quarles' contradictory written statements to the College that include: 1. October 4, 2011 Quarles’ email, "[The donor] confirmed that they have changed their
mind about previous 'no brick and mortar' commitment. They are willing to fund the facility that we need and want the overage given each year to go to such a facility. He asked us to put together architectural plans and rough estimates of building costs for 1
November  meeting. Shall I contact [the architect] and get him moving forward or is that someone else's responsibility?" 2. October 4, 2011 Quarles' email, "[Donor] approved use of Caskey funds for me to take an
exploratory trip to Tanzania. He wants a formal presentation on the Tanzania opportunity in November. When can we meet with [Tanzanian Missionary]? Would you like [secretary] to work to set up a meeting ASAP?" 3. November 3, 2011 Quarles' email forward to President Aguillard: Subject: FW: LC
Caskey School of Divinity-Conceptual drawings and Cost Estimate, [$10 million building with complete conceptual architectural renderings per Quarles' specifications] 4. November 4, 2011 Quarles' email: "Everything is planned and prepared for Monday
[meeting with donors] with one exception. I haven't put together a formal proposal for Tanzania. I am thinking that the [donors] are slowly processing that opportunity and that a formal and detailed proposal would probably be premature. At this stage, I think that the critical thing is to explain why we are convinced that God is drawing us to a focused ministry in Tanzania, both as a college and a Divinity School. My thought is that you can discuss the history of the relationship and why the ministries of our college in general are needed and I can speak specifically about the need for theological training." 5. December 9, 2011, Quarles' email: "The Donor Foundation has verbally agreed to fund
the construction of a new 10 million dollar facility for the Caskey School of Divinity pending an anticipated increase in receipts." 6. March 12, 2012, Quarles' official report to Donor Foundation: "Dr. Aguillard and I traveled to Tanzania at the end of February to meet with the President and to receive the gift of over 400 acres of land for Louisiana College-Tanzania. We look forward to launching our ministries there soon. Among the personnel that we seek to add to the Divinity School staff this fall is a missions professor who will also serve as Director of Overseas Endeavors. This professor will take care of the logistics for our students' crosscultural mission trips and make preparations for a training program for pastors and church planters in Tanzania." 7. March 19, 2012, Quarles report to Board of Trustees, Integration of Faith and Learning Committee: "Dr. Aguillard and I traveled to Tanzania at the end of February to meet with the President and to receive the gift of over 400 acres of land for Louisiana CollegeTanzania. We look forward to launching our ministries there soon. Among the personnel that we seek to add to the Divinity School staff this fall is a missions professor who will also serve as Director of Overseas Endeavors. This professor will take care of the logistics for our students' cross-cultural mission trips and make preparations for a training program for pastors and church planters in Tanzania." 8. March 19, 2012, Quarles reported to the Board of Trustees, Integration of Faith and Learning Committee: That [Quarles] had submitted the legal documents which he assisted in creating verifying the new Louisiana College Tanzania, Non-Governmental Organization, of which Quarles is a charter member. 2
9. March 29, 2012, without the President's knowledge, Quarles published an official
document on the LC website to Louisiana College and on behalf of the Foundation donors, “Our generous donors have now agreed to fully fund . . .an extension of the Caskey School of Divinity in Tanzania." 10. August 15, 2012 Quarles’ email to Baton Rouge Advocate: “The foundation that has underwritten the costs of the Divinity School has reviewed proposals for a new permanent site for the school. The foundation was enthusiastic about the proposals and has agreed to fund construction of the facility.” 11. August 24, 2012, Quarles personally gave an official report following the meeting that he and the President had with the donors, to the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees: "We [President Aguillard and I] explained to them [Caskey donors] that because of the fact that the big program of the Caskey School of Divinity is the Pastoral Ministry Program, which is a Friday-Saturday program, except for Orientation doesn't begin until . . . . . afternoon. As long as the Law School courses were structured so they were out of the building by noon Friday that we could share the classrooms and be good stewards of the investment that they've made in Louisiana College and the Caskey School. . . . . But, they are committed to being good stewards of the space that they previously committed to and sharing the classroom facilities with the two Schools." (Audio recording of report on file.) With the exception of former Board of Trustees Chairman Gene Lee, all of the investigative groups found Quarles’ assertions to be false. Documentation proves that the former chair, Lee, withheld vital information in his report to the Board of Trustees that completely exonerated the President. Former chairman, Gene Lee, was actually present for the Quarles' report to the Executive Committee on August 24, 2012 when Quarles detailed to the Committee that the donors had assured him and the President a few days previous that they had indeed agreed to build the building and share the new building space with the law school. Lee's report also withheld that information from the Board of Trustees. SACS rejection of Quarles' complaint also considered signed statements from Divinity School faculty which stated that they had been called in by Quarles on February 24, 2012 when he [Quarles] had formally instructed them to teach 'moderate Calvinism'. "It is my opinion that the evidence supports the fact that except for the advancement of Calvinism, this entire plot would never have been contrived", said President Aguillard. In retrospect, President Aguillard has been fully exonerated by five groups: •
The LC Board of Trustees Investigative Committee on April 19, 2013, and
The LC Board of Trustees on April 30, 2013, and
The Louisiana College Administrative Council, Faculty Advisory Committee, and The Administrative Cabinet, and
The LC Board of Trustees again on July 22, 2013 in their formal rejection of the Gene Lee report on Quarles complaints, stating that the Lee report was an inaccurate and biased investigation report, and
Finally, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Dr. Argile Smith, Executive Vice President and Vice President of Integration of Faith and Learning stated, "The faculty, staff, and students, have been so supportive through this journey. Our President has shown us how to work through a crisis with the kind of integrity that comes from a resilient relationship with Christ. Now that the crisis is behind us, Louisiana College can get back to fulfilling our mission, ‘to change the World for Christ!’”.
“Louisiana College is focused on moving past the Calvinism coup and strategically addressing her mission, of bringing every lost soul to Christ as we strive to fulfill our Mission", President Aguillard said. Dr. Tommy French, Chairman of the Board of Louisiana College stated, “The Board of Trustees is thrilled at the SACS Reaffirmation last month and looks forward to the bright future as our President leads Louisiana College to fulfill her mission.”