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Calvin U. told to dismiss its president for irregularities

The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology yesterday requested the board of directors of Calvin University, a Presbyterian-affiliated theology school, to fire its president, the Rev. Kiel Ja-yeon, over irregularities in faculty hiring and promotion.

According to the ministry, an audit of the university took place in January and 10 violations were detected. The ministry said it asked the university to dismiss Kiel and issued warnings to board members at the end of last month.

Kiel and the university have a month to file an appeal, the ministry said, or else the school must report to the ministry within two months about its plan to dismiss Kiel.

Kiel, head pastor of Wangsung Presbyterian Church in Seoul, has been involved in other troubles over his scandalous election victory as the new leader of the Christian Council of Korea, an influential umbrella organization of the nation’s Protestant churches.

He won the election last Dec. 21 and took office on Jan. 31. Only a few days later, the Rev. Rhee Kwang-sun, Kiel’s predecessor, said the council’s leadership elections have long been marred by bribes.

“I had first ran a transparent campaign and lost,” Rhee said. “The next year, I bought votes and won,” he confessed.

Following Rhee’s admission, more allegations surfaced that Kiel also had bought votes.

Upset by the scandal, senior members of the council filed an injunction with the Seoul Central District Court to stop Kiel from serving as head of the council.

Last month, the court approved the injunction, barring Kiel from acting as the council’s head.

Kiel, however, filed an appeal.

With the scandal surrounding the leadership election, Protestants increasingly demanded that the Christian Council of Korea be disbanded, arguing that reform appeared to be unfeasible.

The council was established in 1989 to represent conservative Protestant groups.

Before the scandal, Kiel stirred a controversy by asking President Lee Myung-bak to kneel at the National Prayer Breakfast earlier last month, along with 3,500 prominent Protestants present at the event for a prayer.


By Ser Myo-ja [myoja@joongang.co.kr]


한글 관련 기사 [경향신문]

길자연 총장 해임 요청…교과부, 칼빈대 위법 적발

길자연 왕성교회 목사(70)가 한국기독교총연합회(한기총) 대표회장 직무정지 조치를 받은 데 이어 칼빈대 총장 자리까지 해임될 처지에 놓였다.

교육과학기술부는 지난 1월 칼빈대 종합감사에서 위법 사례 10여건을 적발하고 길 총장에 대한 중징계(해임)를 최근 이 대학 이사회에 요청했다고 5일 밝혔다.

교과부가 길 목사의 총장직 해임을 요청한 것은 자격 미달자를 교수로 임용하는 등 교원 (재)임용 심사와 직원 승진 심사 등에서 문제가 있는 것으로 판단했기 때문이다. 교과부는 또 겸직자 총장 임용, 적립금 예산집행 문제, 광고료 집행 문제 등과 관련해 이사장 김진웅 목사(은석교회) 등 이사 14명에게도 경고 조치했다. 교과부 관계자는 “길 총장과 칼빈대 측은 1개월 안에 이의신청을 할 수 있으며 2개월 안에 이행 결과를 교과부에 보고해야 한다”고 밝혔다.

현행 사립학교법 및 고등교육법에 따르면, ‘교과부로부터 해임을 요구받은 임명권자는 특별한 사유가 없는 한 이에 따라야 한다’고 돼 있다. 징계 요구에 따르지 않을 경우 교과부는 임원 취임 승인 취소나 대학 정원 동결·감축 등의 제재를 할 수 있게 된다.

길 목사는 지난해 말 개신교 연합단체인 한기총 대표회장으로 선출됐지만 금권·불법선거 시비로 소송에 휘말려 직무가 정지된 상태다. 그는 지난달 서울 코엑스에서 열린 국가조찬기도회의 합심기도를 인도하면서 “우리 다같이 무릎을 꿇고 통성기도를 하자”고 제안했다. 이에 이명박 대통령 내외가 무릎을 꿇어 논란이 빚어지기도 했다.

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