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Enrollment Expected to Drop 72% at Jimmy Swaggart Bible College

July 23, 1988|Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. — Enrollment at the Bible college named for defrocked Assemblies of God minister Jimmy Swaggart will drop 72% this year, but the school will proceed with plans to open a theological seminary, an attorney said.

Enrollment at Jimmy Swaggart Bible College on Aug. 29 will be about 400, compared to 1,451 students last year, attorney William Treeby said this week. The estimate is based on the number of students who have registered and the inquiries from potential students.

The seminary will open with 12 students.

"We've just started to promote the Bible college through the television program and have received a lot of calls," Treeby said. "We'll have room for more. We'll know more when classes start."

Some faculty and students left the school after Swaggart was defrocked following his confession to unspecified sins. Debra Murphree, an admitted prostitute, said she posed naked for Swaggart in a New Orleans-area motel.

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