Update: Sweet Briar College says president and board won’t resign

Sweet Briar CollegeUPDATE: SWEET BRIAR, Va. (AP) _ Sweet Briar College says its president and board members aren’t going to resign. Sweet Briar says in a statement to media outlets that allegations against President James Jones and the board are unfair and wrong. An alumnae group, Saving Sweet Briar Inc., called for Jones and the board to resign on Monday. The group alleged that Jones and Sweet Briar’s board members had violated state charitable solicitation laws and breached their fiduciary duties. Saving Sweet Briar is trying to block the board’s decision to close the private women’s college at the end of this academic year. The college says changing its leadership won’t change what it calls “insurmountable financial, recruitment and operational challenges.”

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SWEET BRIAR, Va. (AP) _ Sweet Briar College’s planned shutdown continues to generate opposition, and now includes a call for the president to resign. An alumnae group, Saving Sweet Briar Inc., issued the call Monday for President James Jones’ resignation, according to media reports. An attorney representing the college did not return an email from The Associated Press seeking comment. Meanwhile, the county attorney for Amherst has warned Sweet Briar to prepare for potential legal action over the planned closure. March 3, Sweet Briar’s board announced that the woman’s college would close at the end of this academic year because of “insurmountable financial challenges.” In response, Sweet Briar alumnae vowed to fight the closure. Faculty leaders have also voted to oppose the decision to close the school.

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