I, Chuckles, didn’t want to write about Joseph Bartosch.
No, I loathe even to think about a cabinet member and administrator from Bob Jones University having plead guilty to a sex-related crime. Especially when Bartosch was just promoted to the position of Chief Branding Officer for Bob Jones University in December 2012.
It didn’t warm any of the hearts of the Editorial Board of Chucklestravels to find out the man who Bob Jones chose promote from within, whose job was to market the University had plead guilty to soliciting a prostitute for which he served three years probation.
Since it appeared it had already been reported by the media in many different places. We made the editorial decision to pass on by this one.
On Wednesday, March 27, 2013, Bob Jones III went on a verbal rampage in Chapel about “bloggers who ruin lives,” referring to the University’s decision to suspend Joseph Bartosch.
Wait a minute….
Hold the phone, Bob.
First of all, the blogs hadn’t posted anything about Joseph John Bartosch .
It was Bob Jones University that released the following press release late in the afternoon on Friday, March 22, 2012 by Bob Jones University’s Chief Communications Officer
From: Keirstead, Carol
Sent: Friday, March 22, 2013 3:13 PM
Subject: Message from BJU executives
Friday afternoon, March 15, Bob Jones University learned of an allegation that a cabinet officer, Dr. 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 the decision, we will consider such things as the incident itself, his subsequent walk with the Lord and 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.
Bob Jones executives made the decision to suspend John Barotsch because of his prostitution conviction, but…now Bob III is somehow claiming Bartosch is a victim whose life is being ruined by bloggers?
Nice try, Bob. But it ain’t gonna’ work. Not this time.
Here are the facts that the blogs did not cover.
Joseph Bartosch birth date is in March 1960. According to the filing date for his conviction for soliciting a prostitute was March 15. 1990. If my math is correct, that made Joseph Bartosch was thirty-years-old. How does a 30 year old man a victim when he is the one who chose to go out, look for a prostitute, pay the prostitute, sleep with said prostitute, then plead guilty to the charge, serve his sentence.
A thirty-year-old man doesn’t just roll out of bed one morning, stumble out onto the sidewalk into the arms of a prostitute. What Barotsh did was premeditated, Bob.
But then it’s not the first time, Dr. Bob III has taken the side of perpetrators.
Dr. Bob Jones, III endorsed a book written by a pastor while still incarcerated for beating a little boy until the boys kidney’s failed:
Caleb Thompson’s book on God’s grace has a ring of authenticity to it, more than any I’ve read on the subject. The circumstance under which he wrote it provided a seedbed which could have grown either bitterness or grace. It grew grace; and from prison, that beautiful bloom of God’s grace is unfolded and expounded. The richness of God’s grace is real to Caleb, and he makes it real to us. –Dr. Bob Jones III – Chancellor of Bob Jones University
Here is the link to the Caleb Thompson appeal decision brief to the Texas Court of Appeals, Third District. There is enough information for an objective, third party to understand the gruesome details of the case and the need for the sentence which was handed down. If Bob Jones III was ever truly interested in the facts of the case, he has never retracted his endorsement despite Bob Jones III’s later claimed that he did indeed read the appeal decision posted above.
We all remember Bob III and Bob Jones University digging in his heels to defend Chuck Phelps. Bob Jones University told us all to call Phelps to get Phelps’ side of the story. Bob Jones III, nor anyone on the Board of Bob Jones University never reached out to Tina Anderson or her family.
In May 2011, Tina’s rapist, Ernie Willis, was convicted by a jury on three counts of forcible rape and one count of felonious sexual assault. Yet, Bob Jones III was recorded making the following statement:
“Well, the truth is she [Tina Anderson] was raped but it was a consensual rape.” ~Bob Jones, III, November 2011.
So you see, in November 2011, the Chancellor of Bob Jones University was telling people a girl could be have been consensually forcibly raped in an attempt to explain away why Bob III would keep the pastor who made a 15-year-old girl stand before the congregation and apologize for putting herself in a compromising situation [getting raped]. Then the pastor who Bob III insisted on keeping on the Co-operating Board of Bob Jones University set it up with Tina’s mother and sent Tina, the young rape victim, halfway across the nation to live with strangers. The 15 year-old’s rapist remained in church–a free man. A free man who could have potentially preyed on other teen girls.
Yet, Bob III saw Phelps as the victim.
Chucklestravels has been informed, yesterday Gary Weir had a meeting with those who report directly to Joseph Bartosch . People who attended the meeting report, Gary Weir was crying over the decision whether to make Bartosch’s suspension permanent.
Really Gary? Bob Jones University has shown the sidewalk to numerous elderly faculty who are “let go” just a few years from retirement without Bob Jones University’s “Promise” to take care of them in their twilight years.
Bob Jones, III has the nerve to rant about “bloggers” who are ruining people’s lives?!
Bob Jones University, let us make things crystal clear. If Bob Jones University chooses to retain Joseph Bartosch, Bob Jones University had better publish publicly one darn good reason!
If you’re not sick enough, listen to the audio of this sermon on the “Sanctity of Marriage” by Joseph Bartosch. Bartosch was at the time was a 50-year old single man. Make sure you get to about ~23 minutes in where he describes watching from “afar” the push-up bra he claims was worn by a young lady.
The various news accounts appear to be unaware just how long Joseph Bartosch has been employed by Bob Jones University.
Here’s the accurate timeline:
982 05 00 — Graduated BJU as Speech Ed
1991 03 15 — Court Filing Date of Prostitution conviction https://services.saccourt.ca.gov/indexsearchnew/CaseNumberList.aspx?SearchValues=BARTOSCH%2CJOSEPH%2CJOHN%2C2079228
1991 03 26 — Arraignment
1994 04 20 — Probation ended.
1994 06 07 — Filed to start Sacramento Preparatory Academy
2001 08 00 — Assumes Staff GA over Perf Hall while he pursues MA in Dramatic Production while “on sabbatical” from SPA.
2002 05 00 — Bartosch appears in the yearbook as a Graduate Assistant from Sacramento, CA.
2002 05 01 — Played Antigonus in Winter’s Tale
2005 08 00 — Returns to BJU for a MS in Counseling.
2006 05 00 — Listed as a GA from Greenville, SC. Masters in Biblical Counseling.
2006 11 15 — Vincentio in Taming of the Shrew
2007 05 00 — Not listed in the yearbook.
2007 05 02 — Lord Chief Justice in Henry IV
2007 00 00 — Successfully defended his EdD diss in Curriculum and Instruction with proficiencies in biblical counseling, communications, and theology
2007 08 00 — Manager of IT.
2008 04 30 — Duke of Exeter in Henry V
2008 05 00 — Listed in the yearbook as Staff in IT from Greenville, SC
2009 05 00 — Listed in the yearbook as Staff in IT from Greenville, SC
2009 11 18 — Jaggers in Great Expectations
2010 05 00 — Listed in the yearbook as Staff in IT from Greenville, SC
2010 12 06 — PROMOTED: Dean of Distance Learning.
As reported in the Greenville News:
BJU Names New Dean of Distance Learning
Bob Jones University announced today the appointment of Dr. Joseph Bartosch as Dean of Distance Learning. Reporting to Dr. David Fisher, Provost, Dr. Bartosch is responsible for the further development of BJU’s online education program.
Dr. Bartosch graduated from BJU in 1982 with a Bachelor of Education degree. He continued his education at BJU and received a Master of Counseling degree in 2006 and an EdD in Curriculum and Instruction in 2007. His service at BJU began in 2001 as a graduate assistant in the School of Fine Arts while on sabbatical from his position as Head Master at the Sacramento Preparatory Academy to earn his master’s degree. He returned to BJU in 2007 as the Manager of IT Administration.
“We are excited about this new position,” says Dr. Gary Weier, BJU’s vice president for administration, “as it is a major step in expanding our distance learning opportunities in ways compatible with our mission.”
As the dean of distance learning, Dr. Bartosch will provide oversight of the distance learning program in the areas of business and financial planning and curriculum and course content development. He also will serve with the other academic deans on BJU’s academic leadership committee and will assist the director of enrollment planning in establishing recruiting strategies and enrollment targets for the distance learning program.
Dr. Bartosch stated, “BJU’s distance learning program will grow dramatically. Our biggest, strategic challenge then is to meet distance learning students where they are with the finest Christian distance learning options available while instilling in them the core competency of Christlike character.”
BJU’s distance learning program targets high schoolers who are eligible to take college courses prior to college enrollment and students who want to take some of their college courses during the summer. The online courses also are ideal for adults who wish to further their college education and work toward an undergraduate or master’s degree.
BJUOnline offers undergraduate classes in accounting, art, Bible, English, history, mathematics and psychology.Graduate level classes are offered in the subjects of Bible, business administration, education and philosophy. BJU also offers 3 online graduate degrees: Master of Business Administration, Master of Education and Master of Arts in Biblical Studies.
“I am thrilled about helping BJU extend its course offerings beyond Greenville. It’s time to assess the market needs, write the business plan, and implement the next generation of distance learning at BJU,” Dr. Bartosch said.
Learn more about BJUOnline and online courses
2011 05 00 — Listed in the yearbook as Staff in IT from Greenville, SC
2011 11 16 — Solinus in Comedy of Errors
2011 12 17 — Marries Christina Davis
2012 05 02 — Brabantio in Othello
2012 05 00 — Appears in the Bob Jones University Vintage (BJU’s yearbook) as an Administrator, “Dr. Joseph Bartosch, Dean of Distance Learning.”
2012 12 00 — PROMOTED: Appointed Chief Branding Officer