Sweet Briar College To Stay Open!
<< WASHINGTON — Sweet Briar College, the women’s liberal arts college in rural Virginia that announced it would close iin August — setting off a storm of protest and lawsuits from students, faculty and alumnae — will remain open for at least another academic year under an agreement announced Saturday by the attorney general of Virginia.
News of the settlement brought a sense of elation aand relief to Members of the alumnae group, Saving Sweet Briar Inc., who had fought the planned closure since the board announced in March that the 114-year-old school would cease operations “as a result of insurmountable financial challenges.” The alumnae insisted the school could be rescued with new leadership.
Victory!” wrote Tracy Stuart, a real estate agent in Martha’s Vineyard and a board member of the group, in an email message. “We saved Sweet Briar! They never thought we could do it, but we did it!” >>