COLUMBIA, S.C. -- When the great-grandson of the founder of Bob Jones University is inaugurated as president Saturday, it will be the first time in the school's 78-year history that its leader will not be named Bob Jones.
Stephen Jones, the youngest son of retiring president Bob Jones III, is taking over a university that has rebuffed criticism for its Christian fundamentalist beliefs and strict rules in the middle of the Bible Belt.
With the change in leadership, some say change may be on the way. Others, though, say it's unlikely to come from a man molded at the institution.
Stephen Jones, 35, has said his "sole directive is to maintain and build upon the founder's vision for the university." The school will "continue to integrate fidelity to the Bible, spiritual rigor, academic excellence, a liberal arts emphasis, character development and cultural refinement in every program we offer." ...