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Two more Oral Roberts regents quit

January 11, 2008|From the Associated Press

TULSA, OKLA. — Two televangelists have resigned their posts as regents at Oral Roberts University, as the debt-ridden school tries to regroup after a spending scandal involving its former president.

The university also settled Thursday with one of three professors who filed a wrongful-termination suit against the school.

Benny Hinn and I.V. Hilliard resigned from the board of regents, where they were involved in making major school decisions, university spokesman Jeremy Burton said Thursday. Burton declined to say why the two resigned, but said both wrote the board to express their support for the school's mission.

The resignations come a month after televangelists Jesse Duplantis and Creflo Dollar resigned from the board.

Hinn and Dollar are among six televangelists being investigated by Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) to determine whether they violated their organizations' tax-exempt status by living lavishly on the backs of small donors. They have denied wrongdoing.

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