TULSA, Okla., Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Two televangelists resigned from the Oral Roberts University board of regents the same day one of the professors settled lawsuits with the Tulsa, Okla., school.
Televangelists Benny Hinn and I.V. Hilliard stepped down Thursday, only hours before former Professor John Swails reached an undisclosed settlement with the university through mediation, The Oklahoman newspaper in Oklahoma City reported Friday.
A news release from the school didn't reveal why Hinn and Hilliard resigned from the board, the Tulsa World reported. The release said Hinn wished success on the school and Hilliard expressed his commitment to the school's vision.
John Tucker, an attorney for Oral Roberts University, said he couldn't speak to whether Swails would rejoin the school's teaching staff after setting his suit.
Two other former professors suing the school, married couple Tim and Paulita Brooker, have a hearing Friday after failing to reach a settlement during a mediation session Thursday.
The three professors claimed in their lawsuits that their termination was partially in retribution for turning over a report that alleged the Roberts family misused university funds for home renovations, shopping and other luxuries.