Women’s col­lege to re­main open

Los Angeles Times - - CHARLESTON CHURCH SHOOTING - — as­so­ci­ated press

Vir­ginia’s at­tor­ney gen­eral an­nounced a me­di­ated set­tle­ment to keep open Sweet Briar Col­lege, us­ing $12 mil­lion raised by fiercely de­ter­mined alum­nae to keep the women’s col­lege afloat in the up­com­ing aca­demic year and sweep­ing out lead­er­ship of the 114-year-old school.

Atty. Gen. Mark Her­ring said the res­o­lu­tion came af­ter hun­dreds of hours of ne­go­ti­a­tions in­volv­ing the col­lege, the lo­cal county at­tor­ney fight­ing its clo­sure and the money-rais­ing non­profit Sav­ing Sweet Briar Inc.

The an­nounce­ment of a res­cue plan ended months of fran­tic ef­forts to save the school, lit­i­ga­tion that reached the state’s high­est court, and na­tional ru­mi­na­tions on the fu­ture of all-fe­male higher ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions.

In early May, lead­ers of the lib­eral arts col­lege cited in­sur­mount­able fi­nan­cial chal­lenges as the rea­son for the planned clo­sure in Au­gust. They cited mount­ing debt, de­ferred main­te­nance on the his­toric 3,250-acre cam­pus in Vir­ginia’s Blue Ridge Moun­tains and de­clin­ing en­roll­ment.

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