Posted on March 6, 2015
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Richmond, VA – A group of Sweet Briar College alumnae today announced that they are forming Saving Sweet Briar, Inc., a Virginia not-for-profit corporation, whose mission will be to reverse the decision by the Sweet Briar Board of Directors and President to close the College, announced earlier this week.
The first action by the alumnae members of Saving Sweet Briar was to hire a prominent law firm to mount a legal challenge to the planned closure of the College. Troutman Sanders LLP, a leading law firm with more than 600 lawyers in offices located throughout North America and Asia, has been retained to mount a legal challenge to the planned closing of Sweet Briar College. The legal fight will be coordinated by Troutman Sanders’ Richmond-based higher education team, led by partners Ashley L. Taylor, Jr. and William H. Hurd. The team has previously handled several cases involving Virginia colleges and universities.
Tracy Stuart, a 1993 graduate of Sweet Briar College, is helping to set up Saving Sweet Briar, which will be led by a Board including several Sweet Briar alumnae and others with an interest in the College continuing its educational mission.
“In hiring Troutman Sanders we have taken an important step in a multi-pronged effort to stop the closure of Sweet Briar College,” said Stuart. “In the coming days, my fellow alumnae and I will continue to talk with other alumnae, students and faculty to discuss the options we have to save Sweet Briar and protect an institution that has served thousands of women over the course of its 114 year history.”
“As we continue our concerted effort to save Sweet Briar College in the days and weeks ahead, we ask for the continued support of the extended family of Sweet Briar alumnae, students, faculty and others who share our outrage over the process that led to this week’s sudden and stunning announcement,” said Stuart. “We are grateful to the thousands of Sweet Briar supporters who have pledged their financial and moral commitment. We need to continue working together in order to protect the institution that has meant so much to all of us.”
Stuart said updates will be provided in the coming days about the legal challenge being mounted by Troutman Sanders as well as the efforts of her and her fellow alumnae. She urged supporters of Sweet Briar College to remain actively engaged in the dialogue about saving the school through social media channels and through a newly formed website, savingsweetbriar.com. Prospective donors also are encouraged to pledge donations at the website while an account is set up to receive donations.