Dinesh D’Souza, president of the evangelical King’s College in New York City and co-director of the film 2016: Obama’s America, resigned today following admission that he was engaged to another woman while being separated from his wife of over 20 years.
As previously reported, D’Souza, 51, filed for divorce from his wife Dixie, 44, earlier this month according to court records. However, during an evangelical Christian conference in September, D’Souza was accompanied by a younger woman that he introduced as being his fiance’.
When questioned by the media, D’Souza confirmed that the woman, Denise Odie Joseph II, who appears to be in her late twenties, was engaged to be his wife. He claims that he has only known Joseph for three months, but believes that she is “the one.”
“My wife Dixie and I have been separated for two years. Dixie approached me and demanded this before I came to King’s College to become its president in late August 2010,” he said. “I informed the chairman of the college about this at the time.”
“I sought out advice about whether it is legal to be engaged prior to being divorced and I was informed that it is,” D’Souza continued. “Denise and I were trying to do the right thing. I had no idea that it is considered wrong in Christian circles to be engaged prior to being divorced, even though in a state of separation and in divorce proceedings.”
Yesterday, the board of King’s College met well into the evening hours to deliberate what to do about the revelations. According to a staff member, the college cleared out an entire floor while the meetings were taking place and used noise machines outside the door to prevent anyone from eavesdropping on the conversation. D’Souza was present for part of the hearing.
However, before a decision was released today, D’Souza submitted his resignation to college officials.
“The Board of Trustees of The King’s College in New York City has accepted the resignation of its president, Dinesh D’Souza, effective immediately,” the college wrote in an official statement today. “The Board has asked Andy Mills to assume the position of interim president and will immediately begin a search for the new president. Mills urged the King’s community to pray for Dinesh and his family during this difficult period.”
Joshua Craddock, 21, a politics, philosophy, and economics major at King’s College, told Christian News Network that he is saddened by the revelation of D’Souza’s engagement, and believes that the university rightly accepted his resignation.
“As a student, I believe in our school’s vision to equip Christian students to influence strategic institutions. The goal of educating Godly leaders transcends any president,” he said. “Since the administration of King’s should seek to exemplify this authentic Godly leadership, I believe the Board acted responsibly and made the right decision.”
D’Souza and his wife Dixie were married in 1992 and have one daughter.