grew increasingly concerned about the secularization of higher education and the influence of religious liberalism in denominational colleges.Children of church members were attending college, only to reject the faith of their parents.Though he had served as Acting President as early as 1934, Jones' son, Bob Jones, Jr.officially became the school's second president in 1947 just before the college moved to Greenville, South Carolina, and became Bob Jones University.In the same year, the college also ended participation in intercollegiate sports.
More than a hundred concerts, recitals, and laboratory theater productions are also presented annually.Undoubtedly helpful was that some of the university's strongest programs were in the areas of music, speech, and art, disciplines in which ability could be measured by audition or portfolio rather than through paper qualifications.Nevertheless, by the early 2000s, the university quietly reexamined its position on accreditation as degree mills proliferated and various government bureaucracies, such as law enforcement agencies, began excluding BJU graduates on the grounds that the university did not appear on appropriate federal lists.Each fall, as a recruiting tool, the university sponsors a "High School Festival" in which students compete in music, art, and speech (including preaching) contests with their peers from around the country.
In the spring, a similar competition sponsored by the American Association of Christian Schools, and hosted by BJU since 1977, brings thousands of national finalists to the university from around the country.
In 2004, the university began the process of joining the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools. 574), the university chose to maintain its interracial dating policy and pay a million dollars in back taxes.