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Saint Paul’s College
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Saint Paul’s College Denied Reaffirmation
- SPC president expresses “profound disappointment”
- The college will appeal the decision
(LAWRENCEVILLE, Va.) – June 21, 2012 – Expressing profound disappointment, Saint Paul’s College President and CEO Eddie N. Moore, Jr. announced today he received a phone call from a staff member at the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS) sharing the news that SACS has denied reaffirmation of Saint Paul’s full accreditation. Moore was told that details of the SACS decision will be spelled-out in a formal letter to the College in July. Notice will be published on the SACS website after 3pm June 26 followed by a disclosure statement June 28.
Moore says he will file an appeal of the decision. “To say we are disappointed is a terrible under-statement,” said Moore. “To have raised nearly $5 million in six months despite the challenges before us, and effected a managerial and strategic turn-around putting the College on a trajectory for a solid future was a team effort which resulted in a monumental achievement. If we can do this in half a year – imagine what we could do if allowed to continue reaffirmed.”
The Saint Paul’s Board of Trustees will meet soon to consider all of the options and discuss the future of the private coeducational liberal arts institution in Lawrenceville, Virginia. In the meantime, the College is taking action because the SACS decision will have immediate impact on Saint Paul’s returning and incoming students.
Knowing that families and students want to solidify their plans for the fall, College officials have a transition committee in place to help those students who choose to start the transfer of their studies and credits to other schools. Each family or student will be contacted with their specific details by Thursday of next week, July 5.
Moore informed faculty, administration and staff members of the SACS decision in a meeting on campus today.
“We came such a long way,” said Moore. “While this is most certainly a bitter pill to swallow for our entire family, our friends, alumni, faculty, staff, students and our local community, I am not done yet. I look forward to learning the details of the Commission’s decision, rolling up my sleeves and focusing on our appeal. It’s just not over ‘til the angels sing.”
About Saint Paul’s College:
Founded in 1888 and affiliated with the Episcopal Church, Saint Paul’s College is an accredited private, historically black, four-year coeducational and culturally diverse liberal arts institution of higher learning located in the rolling hills of Brunswick County in Southern Virginia. Saint Paul’s offers baccalaureate degrees in the arts and sciences, teacher education endorsements, pre-professional programs, and the only Single Parent Support System initiative for degree-seeking single parents in Virginia. Saint Paul’s offers an accelerated degree program for working adults in four locations across Virginia including Richmond, Farmville, Franklin, and on Saint Paul’s Lawrenceville campus. Learn more at www.saintpauls.edu.