October 16, 2012
Dinesh D’Souza, Married President of The King's College, Faces Questions Over New 'Fiancee'
D'Souza and wife filed for divorce after he publicly appeared with another woman, reports World.
(This post has been updated to include the official statement from The King's College board of trustees.)
Dinesh D'Souza, president of The King's College and a well-known evangelical author, faces questions from his board over his relationship with a woman he introduced as his fiancee in late September, according to World magazine.
The problem? D'Souza, who has experienced a "meteoric rise in the evangelical world," is still married to his wife of 20 years, Dixie.
World reports that D'Souza and his wife filed for divorce on Oct. 4, but D'Souza appeared at a September speaking event in South Carolina with a "young woman, Denise Odie Joseph II, and introduced her to at least three people as his fiancée."
On Oct. 16, The King's College issued the following statement: “The Board of Trustees of The King’s College has, in recent days, learned that details of the personal life of our president, Dinesh D’Souza, including information about admitted difficulties in his marriage, would be published in a national magazine. While our board has been aware of some of these details, we were not aware of others and immediately met in special sessions as a board, with Dinesh, to learn what we could about this situation."
The King’s College board plans further discussion at a regularly scheduled meeting on Oct. 17 and 18 but stated, "Until we complete this internal process we do not intend to publicly address any matters related to Mr. D’Souza and his relationship with the College.”
CT previously reported on controversy surrounding the announcement of D'Souza's presidency, and noted that World editor-in-chief Marvin Olasky resigned as provost shortly afterward. D'Souza has regularly appeared in CT's pages.