Bible Society ends contract with president

Chief financial officer on leave
The president of the American Bible Society has been removed from his job just weeks after news reports that an Internet contractor who had received millions from the society had past ties to the pornography industry.

The chair of the trustee board for the New York–based society announced June 6 that the annual contract of ABS president Paul Irwin would not be renewed.

ABS spokesperson Erin Mitchell said that the decision was “completely unrelated” to a May 18 New York Times report about Richard J. Gordon, the society’s former Internet contractor.

“It was not a reflection of any wrongdoing,” Mitchell said. “It was simply a matter of looking after the best interests of the Bible Society and the donors and moving forward.” The society has “ended absolutely” its relationship with the contractor, Mitchell said.


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