BJU Cabinet member Joseph Bartosch has been “suspended indefinitely” from his position as of last week because of a decades-old prostitution solicitation charge, according to an email sent to BJU employees today.
The email, forwarded to us by a BJU staff member, appears below:
Friday afternoon, March 15th, Bob Jones University learned of an allegation that a cabinet officer, Joseph Bartosch, had been charged with soliciting prostitution in another state over two decades ago prior to his current BJU employment. He quickly came to administrators, confirmed the allegation and put himself at their disposal. That afternoon the University suspended him indefinitely from his position as Chief Brand Officer while we gather facts to reach an appropriate decision about his continued employment. In making this decision, we will consider such things as the incident itself, his subsequent walk with the Lord and his current testimony. Our objective is to resolve the situation as quickly as possible.
In the meantime David Lovegrove will be the University contact on behalf of the marketing and enrollment planning team. Please pray for wisdom on the part of the administration and for Joseph and his family.
We’ll publish more details on the Bartosch arrest and conviction as they come to light.