Trustees Approve Philosophy Major Cut, Support Ruby's Resignation

By Zack Anderson


Cedarville’s board of trustees voted to end the philosophy major, a statement released through email by John Gredy, provost and acting president, said. The trustees also gave their support for Carl Ruby’s resignation.

“The last few weeks have been difficult for our University family,” Gredy said. “Please join me in praying that God will bring healing to our brokenness, peace to our hearts and unity to our community.”

Philosophy professors told students the first week of the semester that the Academic Council was recommending to the board they vote to cut the major. Gredy announced Ruby’s resignation through email on Jan. 10.

The trustees also cut the B.A. in physics. Cedarville will still offer a B.S. in physics.

Cedars will continue to bring you verified, accurate information on changes taking place at Cedarville. The two trustee statements released by Gredy are below.

Official Statements from the Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees at its January 25, 2013, meeting carefully reviewed the events surrounding the announcement that Dr. Carl Ruby would conclude his service to Cedarville University. The Board acknowledges and regrets how lack of clarity has made this transition even more difficult for the Cedarville University family. Nonetheless, the Board of Trustees supports the understanding between Dr. Ruby and the administration. The Board of Trustees wishes to express gratitude to Dr. Carl Ruby for his service to Cedarville University.

The Board also approved the recommendation of the Academic Council to conclude both the B.A. in Physics and the B.A. in Philosophy programs. In line with the University’s stated objective to equip Cedarville graduates who think broadly and deeply, the Board affirmed that the philosophy minor should continue and be strengthened, that philosophy courses will be available to all students as part of general education, and that the Honors program should continue to be a priority. All current philosophy majors will be able to complete their programs, as required by our regional accreditor, the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

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