Bryan College faculty prepare to leave over evolution controversy

photo Bryan College students Sara Beth Crockett, left, and Amy Bailey leave chapel at the college in Dayton, Tenn.

Bryan College could shed up to a quarter of its full-time faculty by fall if nobody blinks.

Faculty members say that a recent clarification to the school's statement of belief that embraced a more narrow view of human creation was the last straw in their ongoing issues with administrators. That sentiment was solidified in February, when professors approved 30-2 a vote of no confidence in President Stephen Livesay (six abstained).

But Livesay has held steadfast and retained the support of the board of trustees.

Now that the deadline for returning next year's contracts -- which include the clarification to the statement of belief -- has expired, some instructors are finding other jobs.