Virginia’s all-women Sweet Briar College has been given a little more time to remain open today. Alumnae and administrators who are opposed to the closure of the 114-year-old institution have been in closed-door negotiations over the past few days to ensure that the school remains open.
In March, officials had announced that the campus would close on August 25th, following the school year and graduation for many students. The reason for the closure had been a huge reduction in enrolment which come as a result of the decline in single-sex institution popularity and inadequate endowment. However, opponents of the closure feel as if the real reason for the closure is a result of financial concerns that have been publicly released by the college President James Jones Jr.
Sweet Briar College is a private women’s college that is accredited to award the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts in Teaching and Master of Education degrees to its students. Sweet Briar is also renowned for its horseback riding program which has boasted nine individual national champions.
Sweet Briar also has a number of notable alumnae including Leah Busque, founder of TaskRabbit and TED speaker, Colleen Bell, United States Ambassador to Hungary, Lendon Gray, Olympic dressage rider, Ann Taylor and Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp, among others.
With luck, Sweet Briar College will be able to stay open, if not as an educational institution, as a piece of American history.