Attorney seeks to block Sweet Briar closure

Sweet Briar CollegeSWEET BRIAR, Va. (AP) _ The Amherst County attorney is asking a judge to block the closing of Sweet Briar College and remove its president and board of directors. Ellen Bowyer sought the injunction in Amherst Circuit Court on Monday. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Bowyer’s complaint says the closure “is not only precipitous and unwarranted, it is also unlawful.” It asks that a special fiduciary be appointed to take control of the college’s assets. An attorney for the college did not immediately respond to telephone and email messages from The Associated Press seeking a response. Sweet Briar has announced that the Class of 2015 would be the final graduating class at the 114-year-old college. President James F. Jones Jr. cited financial reasons for the closure. An alumnae group also is fighting the closure.

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