The friction started some time ago with some other unpopular actions, like the president covering up the arrest of a faculty member on attempted child molestation charges. But most recently, the school unexpectedly and without consulting its faculty altered its statement of belief to require the belief that Adam & Eve "are historical persons created by God in a special formative act, and not from previously existing life forms."
In the ensuing aftermath, one trustee has resigned, and the faculty, upset at "the secrecy and swiftness" of this change, carried out a no confidence vote of the president.
"We knew that it would go public," he said. "We knew that it would be damaging to the president's reputation and the college. But we felt that the damage that had been done to the institution outweighed that reservation."