Back in early May, I shared a story about giving a talk on nuclear energy to the engineering students at Sweet Briar College on the same day that the president of the school shocked the faculty and student body by announcing that the school was being closed.
That story needs a follow-up. There is a happy update to share.
The Virginia Attorney General recently announced an arbitration agreement between Sweet Briar and several organizations that challenged the board of director’s decision to close the school. That agreement will allow the 114 year old women’s college to remain open under new leadership for at least the 2015-2016 academic year.
The agreement includes financial commitments and milestones that will allow the new leaders to show that they have found ways to overcome the obstacles that the prior board had called “insurmountable.”
Though the successful campaigners took some time to celebrate, they are now focusing on executing their challenging, but exciting task of creating a new direction for a valuable component of the diverse educational opportunities offered in the United States.
Lesson learned again: Never underestimate the power of energized, determined women to find solutions to problems that others think cannot be overcome.