Bryan College Professors Threaten Legal Action

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Updated: 5/15/2014 6:44 pm
DAYTON, TN, (WDEF)- Two Bryan College professors, Stephen Barnett and Steven DeGeorge say they have had enough with a board of trustees changing their college charter and are now taking them to court.

J. Edward Nanney, Attorney for Professors, "Its hurtful to my clients they are saddened by it, but they want justice served"

Attorney Nanney believes the original school's charter and an amended  statement of faith do not match up and his science professors should not be kicked out.

"Trustees did something that was contrary to the charter as it was created by the founders of the college, that they based the refusal to renew my clients contracts on that action, and since it violates the college charter its an improper change"

The phrasing of the change relates to Adam and Eve taking precedence over that of other beliefs.

Another professor in the science department has also chosen to retire.

Its a trying time here in Bryan College with students and faculty concerned and upset as three professors may not be returning next fall.

Dr Brian Hill, Chemistry,"I am concerned am certainly very stressed, I am viewing this as an opportunity to see whether  or not I really believe the things I say I believe, I believe that god is in control and that god cares"

Hill added they are already considering replacements for the outgoing professors including those threatening legal action.

Bryan College's lawyer says this is more about two tenured roles rather than science verses faith.

Rosemarie Hill, Chambliss Law, "This really is an employment lawsuit it's a breach of contract claim on their part against the college, that is really all it is, i understand the interest of everyone including the media"

The lawsuit was originally filed in Rhea County courthouse last week but has now been moved to Hamilton County.

Lawyers for Bryan College say they were hoping for more arbitration but accept that a court will now decide what happens next.
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