Friday, May 31, 2013

St. Paul's College (VA) #3

Denise B. Hawkins reports today in the May 31, 2013 issue of Diverse Issues in Higher Education that Saint Paul’s College in Lawrenceville, Va. will cease operation on June 30th.  A spokesperson for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) apparently confirmed that Belle S. Wheelan, president of the regional accrediting body, had received a letter earlier in the week from the chairman of the board of trustees at Saint Paul’s College notifying her of the decision to close the 125-year-old institution. 

An earlier posting noted that Saint Paul's officials were unsuccessfully involved in conversations early in 2013 seeking an acquisition by Saint Augustine's University in Raleigh, NC.

More information on Saint Paul's history can be found in an August 2012 posting when it was first announced that classes were suspended.

WTVR, a CBS affiliate in Virginia provided coverage of the announced closure that includes video of the campus and discussion of the impact on the community.