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Following years of denial of knowledge of the issues and actions at stake in the 1980 scandal, and months of waffling and attempts at suppression after the issues came to the attention of the broader IBYC staff, Bill Gothard on July 5, 1980, was confronted before the IBYC board with such a critical mass of evidence that he was advised to resign. On July 6, 1980, he submitted his resignation to the IBYC board, who accepted the resignation unanimously, and he announced his resignation to the onsite Oak Brook staff. On July 8, 1980, the resignation was announced and John McLario, an attorney and executive council for Bob Jones University, replaced Gothard as interim president of IBYC. After seventeen days of staff purges and meetings with outside concerned parties, McLario stepped down under pressured circumstances as president of IBYC, and Bill Gothard resumed control of the organization.
When Bill Gothard resumed the presidency of IBYC he initially eschewed the power of a vote on the board of directors and expressed a desire to reconcile relationships damaged over the previous decade, and he began meeting with a few key players in the scandal in the name of accomplishing this goal. These meetings were soon halted by Gothard, however, and further internal inquiry into the issues and events of the scandal, as well as attempts at reconciliation with former staffers, were permanently laid aside. Bill Gothard ended 1980 by invalidating the election of a returning IBYC board member whom he feared might reopen the inquiries. Shortly thereafter Gothard confessed to IBYC Dallas Area Representative Gene Short that the cited reasons for eliminating the board member had been “untruths.”
In 1981 more than one person alarmed by events at the Institute, and by subsequent conflict between current and former Institute parties, attempted to facilitate reconciliation and healing among the adversaries. Correspondence from one such person, Samuel Ericsson, is reproduced below.
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