Cedarville University has announced that Robert Rohm, campus pastor for over twenty years, will retire. Rohm's position is being eliminated as new president Thomas White has decided to combine the Student Life and Christian Ministries departments, citing a reduced workload due to the elimination of the China Educational Resource and Assistance (ERAP) program.
On July 17, The Ventriloquist reported from an anonymous source that Dr. White requested Pastor Rohm's resignation on his first day in office. Neither White nor the university have commented on the allegations, but given the timing, this news seems likely to be related.
On July 19, Cedarville issued the following statement:
Dear Cedarville Family,
Today, I have some difficult news to share with you.
Two recent decisions reduced the workload for the Christian Ministries division. First, the China Educational Resource and Assistance Program (ERAP) was eliminated. Second, I moved chapel responsibilities back under the President’s Office. These changes allow for the merger of the divisions of Christian Ministries and Student Life. The two Vice President positions will be combining into one, which will be titled Vice President for Student Life and Christian Ministries.
I shared my decision with Bob Rohm, and yesterday he announced his retirement effective August 1. This was a difficult decision for everyone involved, and we will appropriately honor Pastor Rohm’s years of hard work and dedication to Cedarville University during chapel on September 16.
I am asking the incoming Vice President -- who will be announced publicly soon -- to merge the existing functions to bring about maximum efficiency combined with excellent service. As this process unfolds, we will "hold" on any open positions in these areas, but no other immediate changes are being made.
As I shared with you during our Open Forum on Wednesday, we must constantly evaluate how to increase efficiency and reduce expenses to be good stewards and keep our costs low. Today is a sad day and there could be more tough days ahead, but we are on a mission to be the best Christian university in the world and do all we can to win the world for Jesus Christ.
Until He Comes,