Citing his ongoing brokenness following the suicide of his teenage son in July, Brewton-Parker College President Ergun Caner resigned Jan. 20 to return to Texas.
Caner’s family had never moved to the South Georgia town where the college is located since he accepted the presidency on Dec. 2, 2013. Caner cited his November heart catheterization as being linked to the stress of losing his son in the midst of a grueling yet ultimately successful reaccreditation process with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
“A heart catheterization, the removal of seven pints of fluid and all the tests in the world can’t resolve this one issue,” he stated in referring to the loss of his son in Texas while he worked in Georgia.
“I am broken”
“Brewton-Parker College cannot become a healthy, growing and stable college under the leadership of a man who is broken. And I am admitting to you that I am broken,” Caner said in a prepared statement.
“I can’t get over his death, and I am not sure I want to. I do know that I cannot muster the fight needed to be the leader of our college. My family and my heart need healing, and you deserve better.”
He then stated he was resigning “so I can go back to Texas and heal with my wife and ten-year-old son, Drake. It is one thing to lead a college through a crisis, but this position demands a person’s full attention and full strength. At the moment, I have neither. When Braxton died, a part of me died as well.”
Caner said he will fulfill whatever obligations are necessary through the year, “though I believe attending to the needs of my family are most important to me at the moment.”
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SOURCE: Baptist Press
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