Saving Sweet Briar Applauds Amherst Mayor Kilgore for Forceful Letter Opposing Closure of Sweet Briar College

by vixenSBC

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Richmond, VA – Saving Sweet Briar, Inc., the non-profit group formed to save Sweet Briar College, applauded Amherst, Virginia Mayor J. Paul Kilgore for the forceful letter he sent today to Sweet Briar College officials calling for a reconsideration of their plans to close the college.

Mayor Kilgore’s letter underscored the serious economic impact to the town from the school’s closing and highlighted the many years of partnership that existed between the town and the college.

Kilgore noted that many important municipal services were provided at discounted rates, including water and sewer services. He also said the town provided the college with access to tax exempt financing for facility expansions. The mayor asked how Sweet Briar College plans to honor its financial obligations to infrastructure enhancements the town plans to make to its water supply and sewer treatment systems, both of which will benefit the college.

“We are heartened to see Mayor Kilgore step forward and remind Sweet Briar officials of the important partnership that has existed for many years between the Town of Amherst and the college,” said Saving Sweet Briar Board Chair Sarah Clement (Sweet Briar College, AB 1975; University of Virginia School of Law, JD 1984). “We also appreciate the Mayor outlining in very clear terms the economic pain that will be caused by the college’s closing and we express our full support for his call for a reconsideration of a very ill-advised decision.”

Click here for the letter sent today to Sweet Briar officials.
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Saving Sweet Briar Timeline

March 3, 2015 - Sweet Briar College announces Spring 2015 will be final semester, school will close on August 25, 2015.

March 3, 2015 - Sweet Briar College alumnae galvanize on Facebook, creating working groups to work to halt closure.

March 4, 2015 - SavingSweetBriar.com launches in the early morning hours. Website begins accepting pledges midday.

March 6, 2015 - SavingSweetBriar.com pledges exceed $1 million (with additional unconfirmed $1 million pledge that will later be confirmed).

March 6, 2015 - Troutman Sanders retained to fight closure. Read More

March 9, 2015 - Saving Sweet Briar, Inc. formally incorporated as a non-profit with seven alumnae appointed to serve as board members. Read More

March 11, 2015 - Virginia State Senator Chap Petersen sends letter to state Attorney General regarding the legality of closing the college. Read More

March 11, 2015 - Sweet Briar faculty join alumnae in fight to keep college open. Read More

March 18, 2015 - Saving Sweet Briar, Inc. begins accepting donations in the fight to save the college.

March 23, 2015 - Troutman Sanders sends letter requesting President and Board resign. Read More

March 26, 2015 - Saving Sweet Briar, Inc. hires Certified Fraud Examiner. Read More

March 30, 2015 - Amherst County Attorney, Ellen Bowyer, files suit against Sweet Briar College.

April 6, 2015 - Initial Financial Analysis concludes financial condition did not warrant closure Read More

April 12, 2015 - $5 million pledged to Saving Sweet Briar.

April 13, 2015 - Amherst Mayor sends letter opposing closure. Read More

April 15, 2015 - Judge Updike issues a 60 day injunction preventing the college from using funds solicited to operate the college to close it.

April 23, 2015 - Saving Sweet Briar, Inc. launches Alumnae Angels program to help students with financial concerns during transition and uncertainty.

April 29, 2015 - Judge Updike issues another injunction in one of the other legal cases preventing the college from selling assets for six months.

April 29, 2015 - Amherst County Attorney files Petition to Review with Virginia Supreme Court.

May 19, 2015 - Saving Sweet Briar, Inc. granted 501(c)(3) status, with tax exempt status applying to all donations made from the incorporation date of March 9, 2015.

June 9, 2015 - Virginia Supreme Court rules that Sweet Briar College can be a trust.

June 19, 2015 - Saving Sweet Briar, Inc. announces $21 million total pledged over 5 years.

June 20, 2015 - Settlement reached, keeping Sweet Briar College open. Settlement terms include 3 payments to college with the first $2.5 million due on July 2.

June 23, 2015 - Amherst CountyBoard of Supervisors names Sweet Briar Day.

June 30, 2015 - Saving Sweet Briar, Inc. delivers $5 million ahead of schedule to Sweet Briar College.

July 2, 2015 - President Stone assumes new position, new Board of Directors appointed.

September 2, 2015 - Saving Sweet Briar, Inc. delivers final settlement payment to Sweet Briar College, exceeding $12 million total.