An India-born conservative scholar, who made a high-grossing documentary condemning US President Barack Obama, has resigned as head of an evangelical college here after a scandal broke out over him taking a woman other than his wife to an event on Christian values.
Dinesh D'Souza, 51, resigned from his post as President of The King's College, just days after the institute's board announced a review into a report that said he had allegedly shared a hotel room with a woman he had introduced as his fiancee.
The college said its Board of Trustees yesterday accepted D'Souza's resignation effective immediately.
He was appointed President of the Christian college in 2010.
Board Chairman Andy Mills would step in as interim president and he urged the King's community to "pray for Dinesh and his family during this difficult period."
"After careful consultation with the Board and with Dinesh, we have accepted his resignation to allow him to attend to his personal and family needs. We thank him for his service and significant contribution to the College over the last two years," Board Chairman Andy Mills said.
In a statement on his website, D'Souza said it is "time to move on."
"I am grateful for the past two years that I have spent as President of The King's College. But now it is time to move on. My resignation will enable The King's College to go forward without distraction. And it will also enable me to address personal matters in my life as well as to pursue new opportunities made possible by success of my recent book and film," he said.
The investigation into D'Souza's conduct was launched by the college on Tuesday when conservative Christian news magazine 'WORLD' reported that he had checked into a hotel in South Carolina in September with a woman he introduced as his fiancee. He had also taken the woman to a conference on Christian values.
D'Souza was already married and filed for divorce from his wife, Dixie D'Souza, a few days after the conference, according to California court records.
The event organisers had confronted D'Souza about sharing the hotel room with the woman who was not his wife.