Hearing Monday on bid to block Va. women’s college closure

BEDFORD, Va. (AP) — Another courtroom showdown is looming in the battle over Sweet Briar College’s planned closure.

A Circuit Court judge has scheduled a hearing for Monday on Amherst County attorney Ellen Bowyer’s challenge of the scheduled Aug. 25 shuttering of the private women’s college.

The Supreme Court of Virginia sent the matter back to the lower court, concluding the judge had erred on a key legal point.

Bowyer and others opposing Sweet Briar’s closure have argued the college’s president and governing board must get a court’s blessing to close in accordance with the will that created the college 114 years ago.

Sweet Briar leaders have cited insurmountable financial challenges for their decision to close the college.

Besides Bowyer, a spirited group of alumnae and faculty have battled to reverse that decision.


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