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