The Executive Committee of the current Board of Trustees voted 4-3 on Thursday not to support the suit
The Erskine College Alumni Association will join the school’s original board of trustees in a lawsuit against the General Synod of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, Alumni Association President David Chestnut said Friday.
A vote was taken via conference call by members of the Alumni Association board of directors about noon Friday, Chestnut said. Fourteen members were on the call, one more than necessary to achieve a quorum. The measure was passed unanimously with one member abstaining because he is on the board of directors of the ARP Church, Chestnut said.
Alumni needed to act because the Erskine they know and love is in danger, he said. “This has basically been a power grab by a small group of very conservative people who don’t care about the college,” Chestnut said.
The Executive Committee of the current Board of Trustees voted 4-3 on Thursday not to support the suit, Chestnut said. However, the vote is being contested because one of the voting members of the executive committee was also a member of the Moderator’s Commission on Erskine. The commission produced the report leading to the synod’s action. “He should have disqualified himself,” Chestnut said. “If you disqualify the one vote it would have been 3-3.”