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Moody Bible Institute leaders resign amid turmoil

by Leigh Jones
Posted 1/11/18, 12:10 pm

Moody Bible Institute announced Wednesday the resignation of President J. Paul Nyquist and Chief Operating Officer Steve Mogck amid ongoing turmoil following staffing cuts. Provost Junias Venugopal also retired, according to a statement issued by Moody Board of Trustees Chairman Randy Fairfax, who thanked all three men for their service to the school. “They are godly, honorable men to whom we entrust to the Lord and offer our deep gratitude for their years of faithful service to Christ and to Moody,” he wrote. “However, we are unanimous in our decision that it is time for a new season of leadership. I ask that you be in prayer for them and their families.” Fairfax announced the changes in an email to Moody students and staff. In November, Nyquist announced the school would close its Spokane, Wash., campus, reduce distance learning programs, and cut 10 percent of its staff at the flagship Chicago campus. Nyquist blamed the cuts on dropping enrollment. The number of full-time freshman at the Chicago campus dropped by one-quarter during the last seven years. At the start of the 2017-18 school year, Moody reported a full-time enrollment of 3,500 students.

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Leigh Jones

Leigh lives in Houston with her husband and daughter. She is the news editor for The World and Everything in It and reports on education for WORLD Digital.

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  • JerryM
    Posted: Thu, 01/11/2018 05:00 pm

    The potential problem here is if the board is seeking to move to an emphasis on marketing gimmickry, not prayer and the power of the Spirit.  Does God, for some reason, want to reduce the enrolment at Moody?

  • RC
    Posted: Fri, 01/12/2018 11:08 am

    I would not venture to know God‘s will for Moody, but it appears the enrollment has been declining since Mr. Nyquist came on board.  It all boils down to leadership, and it appears that the board made a difficult, but needed decision.   

  • philoxfordal
    Posted: Fri, 01/12/2018 11:06 am

    As a graduate of MBI, I have fond memories of the school's leadership under Culbertson and Sweeting. The fact that the school has survived over one hundred years and has stayed true to it's biblical foundations is a testimony to the many leaders who have stayed the course. I cannot bear testimony to what takes place behind closed doors...but God knows. 

    May those of us who love the school and who have been blessed by its minstry seek the LORD on their behalf.

    Praying that God will raise up leaders who will humbly seek the face of God, walk in obedience and the power of the Spirit...and that unity would prevail. And if it would so please the LORD, that Moody would continue "bearing much fruit" until the LORD returns!