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Posted at 04:06 PM ET, 10/18/2012

Dinesh D’Souza resigns presidency of Christian college after news of divorce, new relationship


D'Souza in 2007. (Heather S. Hughes/Daily Press via AP)
Dinesh D’Souza — the conservative scholar-activist behind the controversial anti-Obama documentary “2016” — lost his job as president of a small Christian college after acknowledging he’s got a new girlfriend — though he’s not yet divorced from his wife.

The King's College in New York City announced Thursday its board had accepted his resignation — effective immediately — following a lengthy discussion. “God has a mighty future for Dinesh,” chairman Andy Mills told students, according to the campus paper, “but there are some things he has to go through first.”

An author and former Reagan policy aide, D’Souza’s two-year tenure at the school began to crumble Tuesday when World, a Christian magazine, reported he checked into a hotel last month for an evangelical conference with a young woman whom he described as his new fiancee, Denise Odie Joseph II. Only later did he and Dixie D’Souza file for divorce, on Oct. 4. D’Souza, 51, told Christianity Today on Wednesday that he and his wife of 20 years had been separated since 2010, and wrote at Fox.com that, while planning to marry to Joseph, they “have not been having an affair.” He added that he “had no idea that it is considered wrong in Christian circles to be engaged prior to being divorced.” And noted that the editor of World is a former King’s College official who opposed his hiring. In its statement, King’s College asked students to “pray for Dinesh and his family during this difficult period.”

Read earlier: Dinesh D’Souza divorcing wife amid new relationship with young woman, 10/16/12



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