List Of People Involved In LSU Controversy

People directly involved in the story

Carlos Cerna
A graduate of La Sierra University who has been very outspoken in his criticism of the teaching of origins at the university and has claimed to have been given a poor grade in retaliation for his creationist beliefs. [6] [4] (See Carlos Cerna.)
David Asscherick
Adventist evangelist, cofounder and director of the ARISE Institute, and former pastor. [7] His letter to church leadership critical of LSU’s teaching of origins has been widely circulated on the internet. [8] He criticized LSU and promoted Educate Truth at length in a 3ABN special on science and creation. [9]
Doug Batchelor
Adventist evangelist, president of Amazing Facts, and pastor.
Louie Bishop
A former LSU student who as a student was an activist on campus and the internet against LSU’s teaching of origins. He claims to have been disciplined for his activities, in particular, for distributing classroom materials despite an agreement that he would not do so. [10] (See Louie Bishop.)
Randal R. Wisbey
“Randal R. Wisbey became La Sierra University’s third president on July 1, 2007,” [11] succeeding Dr. Larry Geraty who had been president of LSU since 1993. [12]
Ricardo Graham
President, Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, LSU Board Chair.
Sean Pitman
Runs the website Educate Truth with Shane Hilde under the title “Moderator and Contributor”. He is a pathologist and a strong advocate for creation science supporting a literal six-day creation week. [13]
Shane Hilde
Runs the website Educate Truth with Sean Pitman under the title “Webmaster and Editor”. He is a graduate of LSU and currently teaches high school English at a public school in California. [13]
Mary Hilde
Wife of Shane Hilde.
Larry Becker
Executive Director, University Relations for LSU.
Leonard Darnell
Former LSU board member. Recorded a meeting with Adventist church administrators regarding AAA acreditation and accidentally left the recorder on to record a subsequent private conversation with himself and three friends. The private conversation was discovered, and the four people on the recording, sometimes called the LSU-4, were forced to resign. [14]
Jeff Kaatz
LSU Vice President for Advancement and one of the LSU-4 who were forced to resign due to an unwittingly recorded private conversation they had. [14] He is one of the so-called LSU-3 currently involved in a lawsuit regarding the forced resignations. [19]
Jim Beach
LSU dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Associate Professor of Mathematics. He is one of the LSU-4 who were forced to resign due to an unwittingly recorded private conversation they had. [14] He is one of the so-called LSU-3 currently involved in a lawsuit regarding the forced resignations. [19]
Gary Bradley
Professor of biology and one of the LSU-4 who were forced to resign due to an unwittingly recorded private conversation they had. [14] He is one of the so-called LSU-3 currently involved in a lawsuit regarding the forced resignations. [19]
Larry Geraty
President of La Sierra University from 1993 to 2007. [12]
Clifford Goldstein
Author for Adventist Review and editor of the Adult Sabbath School Quaterly. He wrote the controversial article “Seventh-day Darwinians” which was published in the Adventist Review. [15]
Janelle (Moorehead) Shives
Graduated from LSU in 2004 with a BS in biology. While a student, was an activist against the teaching of origins at LSU. [16]
Jason Shives
Husband of Janelle (Moorehead) Shives, was class president of his LLU medical school class while Janelle was involved in activism as LSU when Asscherick visited LLU for an evangelistic series. [16] [24]
Jan Paulsen
President of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists from March 1, 1999, until June 25, 2010, when he was succeeded by Ted N. C. Wilson. [17]
Don C. Schneider
President of the North American Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church from 2000 until June 28, 2010, when he was succeeded by Dan Jackson. [18]
Daniel R. Jackson
Current president of the North American Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Elected June 28, 2010, he was preceeded by Don Schneider. [18]
Harold J. Lance
ASI Chairman, wrote a letter of concern to NAD President Don Schneider about the controversy. [20] (From the ASI website: “Adventist-laymen’s Services & Industries is a cooperative network of lay individuals, professionals and ministries who share a common commitment to support the global mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.”)
C. Garland Dulan
The Education Director for the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists from 2003 until July 2010. Currently he serves as the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Oakwood University. [21]
Larry Blackmer
Vice President of Education for the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists (i.e. NAD Education Director) and member of the AAA site visit to LSU.
Angel Manuel Rodríguez
Director of the Biblical Research Institute and author of a regular column in Adventist World. He wrote an article in Adventist World about “the tragedy of Adventists who are evolutionists.” [22]
Jay Gallimore
Michigan Conference President.
Jim Wilson
LSU biology department chair since 2008.
Bill Knott
Adventist Review editor.
Art Chadwick
Southwestern Adventist University research professor of geology.
Ariel A. Roth
Former director of the Geoscience Research Institute.
Ella Smith Simmons
General vice president of the Seventh-day Adventist world church (i.e. General Conference VP).
Ingo Sorke
Chair of the religion department at Southwestern Adventist University.
Ted N.C. Wilson
Current president of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Elected June 25, 2010, he was preceeded by Jan Paulsen. [17]
Steve Pawluk
LSU Provost since July 2010.
David Gerguis
LSU CFO.
T. Joe Willey
T. Joe Willey received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, in neuroscience and was a postdoctoral fellow at New York University in Buffalo and the Brain Research Institute at UCLA. He also taught neuroscience at the Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Walla Walla and La Sierra Universities. Wrote for Spectrum an analysis of LSU’s survey of current and former students. [23]
Kent Hansen
Attorney, chief legal counsel for LSU.
Karnik Doukmetzian
Attorney, general counsel for the General Conference and also North American Division’s general counsel.
Cindy Parkhurst
LSU’s WASC faculty coordinator
Jerry N. Page
President, Central California Conference.
Richard D. McCune
Attorney for the LSU-3.
Michael W. Connally and Madonna L. Devling
Attorneys for some of the defense in LSU-3 lawsuit.
Phil Hiroshima
Attorney for Ricardo Graham in the LSU-3 lawsuit.
Ervin Taylor
Professor emeritus of anthropology at the University of California, Riverside, and past executive publisher of Adventist Today.
Bryan Ness
Pacific Union College biology professor, was secretly recorded by a student who then sent the recording to Educate Truth who in turn published the recording without Ness’s knowledge or permission.
Colin D. Standish
Founder and president of the independent Adventist institute Hartland College and former president of Columbia Union College. Wrote an article on Educate Truth advocating “for immediate action by our leaders at all levels of God’s work to assemble a standing committee to establish a top to bottom, thorough investigation of our educational system.” [2] [3]
Dr. Warren Harvey Johns
LLU Professor. Educate Truth published a video of his lecture to freshman bio seminar without his permission.
Dr. Warren C. Trenchard
Former LSU provost, currently LSU professor of religion. Educate Truth published a video of his lecture to freshman bio seminar without his permission.
Dr. John Webster
LSU School of Religion dean. Educate Truth published a video of his lecture to freshman bio seminar without his permission.
Lisa M. Beardsley
Liaison for higher education to the North American Division, member of the AAA site visiting team to LSU.

Authors who have written about LSU Controversy

Bonnie Dwyer
Author for Spectrum Magazine.
Alexander Carpenter
Author for Spectrum, PUC instructor of visual arts.
Jared Wright
Author for Spectrum, pastor, graduate of LSU.
Mark A. Kellner
News editor for the Adventist Review, author of the Review’s articles reporting on the LSU controversy.
Sean Pitman
Writer for Educate Truth.
Shane Hilde
Writer for Educate Truth.
Ervin Taylor
Professor emeritus of anthropology at the University of California, Riverside, and past executive publisher of Adventist Today Dr. Ervin Taylor has written several articles for AToday critical of Educate Truth.
PZ Meyers
Influential atheist author and blogger for the blog Pharyngula, wrote about the LSU controversy and Carlos Cerna’s complaints about his capstone paper. [5]

Boards, committees, groups, teams, etc.

AAA Site Visit Team

Larry Blackmer, Lisa Beardsley, Niels-Erik Andreasen, and David Steen, presumably others.

Members of Association of Adventist Colleges and Universities “ad hoc committee to develop strategies to encourage faith-based methodologies in the teaching of science on Adventist campuses.”

Eric Anderson, Gordon Bietz, Ron Carter, Dick Hart (chair), Heather Knight, and Randal Wisbey

Ad hoc Creation-Evolution Study Group

Committee chair, Larry Caviness, along with committee members Judy St. John and Meredith Jobe

LSU Board of Trustees

The following list is from LSU’s website.

Officers:
RICARDO GRAHAM, Chair 
(President, Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists)
JUDY ST. JOHN, Vice Chair 
(Certified Public Accountant)
RANDAL R. WISBEY, Secretary 
(President, La Sierra University)
Members At Large:
TONY ANOBILE 
(President of the Arizona Conference of Seventh-day Adventists)
THEODORE BENSON
 (Treasurer, Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists)
ALVARO BOLIVAR 
(Surgeon)
LARRY L. CAVINESS 
(President, Southern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists)
HENRY COIL, JR. 
(Businessman)
KAREN GAIO HANSBERGER 
(Physician)
MEREDITH JOBE (Attorney)
DONALD KANEN 
(Businessman)
JAMES KYLE (Physician)
ALVIN KWIRAM (Academic Administrator)
GERALD MCINTOSH 
(Businessman)
BRAD NEWTON 
(Secretary, Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists)
GERALD D. PENICK, SR. 
(President, Southeastern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists)
ALINA SANCHEZ (Businesswoman)
ARNOLD TRUJILLO 
(Vice President, Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists)
BERIT VON POHLE (Director of Education, Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists)

Not currently serving:

  • Leonard Darnell (Businessman), one of the LSU-4, was forced to resign.
  • Ambassador Kathy Proffitt (Businesswoman and former U.S. Ambassador to Malta), signer of the Joint Proposal, was removed by the board. [1]
  • Dr. Carla Lidner-Baum (Dentist and Community Volunteer), signer of the Joint Proposal, was removed by the board. [1]
  • Dr. Marta Tooma (Dentist, Philanthropist), signer of the Joint Proposal, was removed by the board. [1]

LSU Biology Faculty

Dr. James Wilson, Chair
Dr. Gary Bradley
Dr. Natasha Dean
Dr. Lee Greer
Dr. Lee Grismer
Dr. Eugene Joseph
Dr. John Perumal
Dr. Shereen Sabet
Dr. Lloyd Trueblood
Ryan VanDeventer, Biology Technical Associate

People yet to be identified

Thomsen
The Creation-Evolution Study Group includes the following item:

June 17, 2009: Wisbey sends letter to Paulsen (GC president), Schneider (NAD president), Dulan, Thomsen, Beardsley and Blackmer. Letter asks for church to give serious consideration to all issues related to teaching of biology.

Bibliography
1. Alexander Carpenter, La Sierra University Board of Trustees Removes Three Members, Spectrum blog, October 11, 2011. http://spectrummagazine.org/blog/2011/10/11/la-sierra-university-board-trustees-removes-three-members
2. Colin D. Standish, Evolution Taught in Our Educational Institutions, May 29, 2009. http://clubadventist.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/259431/Evolution_Taught_in_Our_Educat.html
3. Ervin Taylor, Telling Lies for God On educatetruth.com?, AToday, June 29, 2009. http://www.atoday.org/article.php?id=419
4. Jack Stripling, Creating Controversy, Inside Higher Education, September 1, 2009. http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2009/09/01/evolution
5. P.Z. Meyers, Carlos Cerna will someday demand his Ph.D., Pharyngula, September 1, 2009. http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2009/09/carlos_cerna_will_someday_dema.php
6. Jared Wright, Educate Truth and Consequences: The Assault On La Sierra University Continues, Spectrum blog, September 10, 2009. http://spectrummagazine.org/blog/2009/09/10/educate-truth-and-consequences-assault-la-sierra-university-continues
7. David Asscherick, Wikipedia article. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Asscherick
8. Spectrum Editors, Unraveling a Witchhunt, Spectrum blog, May 29, 2009. http://spectrummagazine.org/blog/2009/05/29/unraveling-witch-hunt-la-sierra-under-seige
9. Sean Pitman and David Asscherick, The Science of Faith—Seeing God Through His Creation, 3ABN, October 9, 2009. http://www.viddler.com/explore/Seanpit/videos/18/
10. Mark A. Kellner, Evolution Controversy Stirs La Sierra Campus, Adventist News Network, March 31, 2010. http://www.adventistreview.com/article.php?id=3227
11. Meet the President, Randal R. Wisbey. http://www.lasierra.edu/index.php?id=255
12. Larry Geraty, Wikipedia article. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_Geraty
13. About, Educate Truth. http://www.educatetruth.com/about/
14. Bonnie Dwyer, Private Recorded Conversation Prompts La Sierra Resignations, Spectrum blog, June 14, 2011. http://spectrummagazine.org/blog/2011/06/14/private-recorded-conversation-prompts-la-sierra-resignations
15. Clifford Goldstein, Seventh-day Darwinians, Adventist Review, July 24, 2003. http://www.adventistreview.org/2003-1530/story4.html
16. Janelle (Moorehead) Shives, letter to church leaders, original document, July 14, 2004. http://www.scribd.com/doc/43686269/Janelle-Letter
17. Jan Paulsen, Wikipedia article. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan_Paulsen
18. Southern Union Conference, New President of the Adventist Church in North America. http://www.southernunion.com/article.php?id=249
19. Jared Wright, La Sierra University Employees File Suit, Spectrum blog, July 28, 2011. http://spectrummagazine.org/blog/2011/07/28/la-sierra-university-employees-file-suit
20. Harold J. Lance, letter to Don Schneider, original document, May 27, 2009. http://www.scribd.com/doc/16087392/ASI-Missions-Inc-Letter-52709
21. Dr. Dulan Appointed VP for Academic Affairs, Oakwood University press release, August 12, 2011. http://www.oakwood.edu/news/1460-dr-dulan-appointed-vp-for-academic-affairs
22. Angel Manuel Rodríguez, Honoring the Creator God, Adventist World, July 2009. http://www.adventistworld.org/article.php?id=583
23. T. Joe Willey, Faulty Analysis of La Sierra University Biology Student Survey Provokes Unjustified Apology, original document, May 17, 2011. http://www.scribd.com/doc/55930213/Analysis-of-La-Sierra-University-Student-Survey
24. David Asscherick, David Asscherick letter to the General Conference, Educate Truth, April 30, 2009 (published June 6, 2009). http://www.educatetruth.com/letters/david-asscherick-email-to-the-general-conference/
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