April 29, 2009
Pat Robertson to retire as Regent University president
It’s been a long time since the voice of Pat Robertson, once a fixture of the Religious Right, has had much cultural currency. Like Focus on the Family founder James Dobson, who stepped aside in February, Robertson represents a bygone era of Christian conservatism. Their constituency still exists, but its numbers have dropped and priorities have shifted. Liberals can even be found today at Regent University, the Christian institution that Robertson founded.
Yesterday, Robertson announced that he would retire as university president, effective July 1, 2010:
“Serving as Regent University’s president has been an honor and a joy,” Robertson said in a statement from the university. “The accomplishments of our faculty, staff, students and alumni are truly remarkable and I am so delighted by the achievements of our rapidly growing school. As chancellor and a trustee, I will now focus on helping guide the university toward the next level of strategic growth and the implementation of our master plan.”
Though Regent’s founder, Robertson did not become president, the school’s sixth, until 2000. More from the university: