Professors in music, sports ministry, and Bible/theology were hit hard. That decision did not satisfy alumni such as Todd and Andria Alexander, both graduates of the music program 13 and 11 years ago. Their letters to every Moody trustee stated, “We were devastated to hear about the evisceration of the Sacred Music Department by the present administration.” Three of the trustees responded to their letters but did not placate the Alexanders and other alums who believed “the present administration is making cuts in the wrong places.”
Moody’s decision to slash faculty but leave untouched the number of executives at the vice presidential level or above—19—also did not sit well. WORLD examined 15 leading Christian colleges and saw Moody listed almost twice as many executives as Cedarville, the Christian college in that group with the second largest number—10. Moody differs from other educational enterprises by having big publishing and broadcast divisions, but subtracting the three executives in charge of those leaves Moody still looking top-heavy.
Diminishing the faculty was also unpopular in the context of a $24 million price tag for the Chapman Center, a global media center. A donation from author/marriage counselor Gary Chapman—Moody would not say how large it was—started the project, but the building is still $8.2 million underfunded. Brian Regnerus, Moody’s director of strategic communications, said the building “isn’t an education project, it’s a joint venture between publishing and broadcasting.” He says the construction hasn’t drawn any funds from MBI’s general operating budget, and Moody has not gone into debt to complete the building. True, but fundraising for a capital project made other fundraising harder. Moody contributions declined by $9 million from 2015 to 2016 and another $5 million from 2016 to 2017.