The Patterson firing

The year was 1985.  Farrar Patterson had been an increasingly difficult thorn in the side of the seminary administration. He was now facing termination, and that long process had resulted in a number of transcribed meetings with Russell Dilday, John Newport, and Bill Tolar.

In one of those meetings, Dilday laid out his concerns. And point by point, Farrar Patterson used them to sue the seminary and Russell Dilday, personally. They were:

(1) Patterson’s lifestyle and behavior were inconsistent with the example expected of faculty members at Southwestern;
(2) Patterson presented a poor example of churchmanship;
(3) the quality of Patterson’s work at the Seminary was poor;
(4) Patterson had engaged in insubordination and had intruded into administrative affairs;
(5) Patterson had intentionally distorted the truth in reporting Seminary matters; and
(6) Patterson did not adequately respond to significant warnings and attempts by the Seminary to work with him to resolve his problems.

Now here’s where you have to wait . . . while we edit.

5 thoughts on “The Patterson firing

  1. Well played, B.B.! Any relationship to Paige? The only Farrar Patterson – Paige Patterson connection I could find was a Farrar that had a DAUGHTER named Paige. Hmmm…. that might explain a lot.

    I find it interesting that I was on campus in the fall of ’85 and new nothing of any of this going on. Goes to show how little students are actually aware of school administration.

  2. I wonder if the connection is Paige Patterson’s attorney Shelby Sharpe and his advice to Farrar Patterson. From the Baptist Press article–Shelby Sharpe, the suit says, “willfully and intentionally employed his capacity as an attorney to persuade plaintiff not to pursue any legal remedy through litigation ….”
    The advice, it says, was “motivated by Sharpets personal interests or desires as a member of the Christian faith, rather than solely for the benefit of plaintiff, free of any compromising.”
    It adds, “Based upon Sharpe’s personal religious beliefs, he persuaded plaintiff to forego litigation in the courts on the basis of Sharpets personal concern for the interests not only of the plaintiff, but also the seminary, the Southern Baptist Convention and the Lord.” page 20,20-Oct-1989.pdf

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