After 11 years in office, Phil Roberts is no longer president of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City.
The seminary’s board of trustees, meeting in Kansas City, issued a statement Friday that said Roberts tendered his resignation, effective Feb. 29.
Therefore, the board said, it did not hold a second meeting to consider Roberts’ performance.
The first of two specially called meetings of the board, backed by Roberts’ supporters, considered a no-confidence vote in the board’s executive committee, but it failed. It would have pre-empted the second meeting challenging Roberts.
Roberts had been criticized for alleged financial irregularities, his leadership and his treatment of faculty and staff, according to the Associated Baptist Press.
It said this was the third time that the board had considered removing Roberts, but trustees had been reluctant because of the stigma it would create.
The board terminated Roberts’ predecessor, Mark Coppenger, in 1999 over his treatment of staff and expressions of anger.
Roberts, who did not attend the meeting, said he was “incredibly honored and pleased to serve this long” and could walk away feeling he did his best.
Also, with some trustees supporting him and some wanting him fired, Roberts said, he decided to resign because he “wanted to leave the seminary united in spirit and purpose.”
Robin Hadaway, associate professor of missions, was chosen as acting president.