Evangelical Speaker Brings Controversy to U. of Rhode Island President's Inauguration

Evangelical Speaker Brings Controversy to U. of Rhode Island President's Inauguration 1

Nora Lewis, U. of Rhode Island

David M. Dooley became president of the U. of Rhode Island last summer. He has invited the minister of a controversial Baptist church to speak at his inauguration.

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Nora Lewis, U. of Rhode Island

David M. Dooley became president of the U. of Rhode Island last summer. He has invited the minister of a controversial Baptist church to speak at his inauguration.

College presidents' inaugurations are feel-good affairs. People expect to hear soaring yet predictable rhetoric, the sort found in fund-raising brochures, and the only controversy is typically the price tag.

David M. Dooley, the University of Rhode Island's new president, has taken a different approach. He invited the founder of an evangelical megachurch to give the keynote speech at his April 8 inauguration. Mr. Dooley's wife, the Rev. Lynn Baker-Dooley, who has been an official with