President of Georgetown Baptist College in Kentucky terminated for sex abuse allegations

by Seth Udinski

Seth Udinski, FISM News


In some troubling news from Kentucky, the president of a Baptist college was relieved of his duties in the wake of sexual abuse charges.

William A. Jones, who had served as a 25th president of Georgetown College in Georgetown, Kentucky for two years, was fired early last week for “sexual assault of a female College employee, inappropriate behavior with another female College employee, and other conduct in violation of Jones’s employment agreement with the College,” according to a statement from the institution’s board of trustees.

Board of Trustees Chair Robert Mills said of the termination,

Georgetown College does not tolerate violence or misuse of authority. We hold our administrators, students and faculty to the highest standards of moral and ethical conduct. We are surprised and deeply disappointed by what we have learned. We will support the members of our Georgetown College family who are directly impacted and we will work cooperatively with ongoing or any future investigations.

Georgetown College provost Rosemary Allen has been promoted to acting president.

This comes as another unfortunate allegation of sexual abuse within a prominent Baptist organization in the country. FISM News has followed the ongoing allegations of sexual abuse and subsequent fallout within the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). Additionally, Liberty University, an institution with strong Baptist roots, is under fire from 50 former students and staff for covering up allegations of sexual abuse. Liberty students held a rally on Thursday to call the institution to account, with former gymnast and sexual abuse survivor Rachael Denhollander as one of the speakers.