As Clock Winds Down, VA AG Herring Offers Help to Sweet Briar College Stakeholders

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May 1, 2015; Washington Post

A few days after Virginia’s governor publicly expressed a willingness to try to help resolve the situation at Sweet Briar College and lawmakers called for an AG investigation into certain grants allocated to the college, Attorney General Mark Herring has also made a public offer to facilitate a conversation between the board that voted to close the college and the stakeholders who are trying to stop the implementation of that decision through litigation.

In the letter, Herring indicates that he had already reached out previously, but at least in this case it appears both the board and stakeholder group Saving Sweet Briar have accepted the invitation.

And time’s a-wasting, as everyone knows. “As we saw this week, there are too many moving parts in the three pieces of litigation filed, and their disparate timing, parties and procedural and substantive issues complicate efforts to reach a satisfactory judicial resolution in a reasonable time frame,” said Carl Tobias, a professor at the University of Richmond School of Law. “So, I believe that this is an excellent suggestion that holds some promise of working and certainly is worth trying.”—Ruth McCambridge


  • Kathleen Bell

    It would be helpful if Mark Herring would acknowledge that the Board of Directors breached its Duty of Care to SBC when it stopped actively trying to run to school (-2010) and started its plan to close it down.

    In the end, the decision to shutter the place was based on the single opinion of a lone consultant and her confidential report that no one has seen. No one is even allowed to see the Contract between SBC and the consultant.

    All of this is in the transcripts of the post-announcement meetings between Jimmy Jones and the Faculty, who repeatedly asked him why didn’t the Board launch a last-ditch fundraising campaign, why didn’t it hire Director of Admissions, why didn’t it involve the faculty.

    Why can’t they see the consultant’s report.

    A lone consultant decided the fate of the 100+ year old Institution.

    No one is allowed to see it

    If someone tells you you are sick and going to die in three months, it never hurts to get a SECOND OPINION.

    But Herring sees nothing wrong.

  • virginia greene

    How do those people on the Board of Directors of Sweet Briar sleep at night? What a violation of their duties as Trustees of Indiana Fletcher Williams’ will.