Former Assistant Dean Recounts Mold Outbreak and Evacuation at Washington Adventist University

Yes, CAU may need to be shut down. NO local conference has any jurisdiction over CAU, however. The accrediting agency would be the most likely to do this if Spence doesn’t successfully dupe them into believing everything is rosy. That may become increasingly difficult to do, however.


The WAU Visionaries Gala invitation came today. The event is to be held at Congressional Country Club, the cost of which must be truly remarkable, and guaranteed to be mold-free. At $600 per couple, we will decline. Of course, for $1000 per person for yourself and several guests, other perks are on offer. Basically, you can pay to have yourself recognized.

While the need for fundraising is apparent, I wonder if such an extravagant venue is needed to tempt people to attend. By the time the Gala is paid for, what amount will be leftover to benefit students?

Is it usual for a member of the Board of Trustees to be an Honoree at an event of this nature? Maybe so.


Elizabeth, public documents show that one year the Gala lost as much as $43,000. The money is slated for scholarships and other student-related uses, but there is little transparency about expenses or profits from the event. One year the major award went to the chair of the board, the Union president. Another year there was a major expense incurred to fly in one of the top Jamaican politicians, who was an Adventist, and his entourage. So it goes. . .


Oh, Dr. Casey, thanks for this (distressing) information. It’s quite sad, considering the sacrificial service given by so many people to build a school of which to be proud. So much potential has been squandered.

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Elizabeth, after my own lifetime of experience observing how the SDA church “manages” its educational system in general, “So much potential has been squandered” could be their official motto. It is sad and unnecessary. It has broken my heart at times.


Anne, I was a school system “lifer” and agree with your perspective. Too many sad situations…