“We hold our heads high knowing we did the right things for the right reasons.”
There is more of this to come. The economy and the pandemic are having a severe effect on smaller schools.
The Christian Chronicle reports:
Breaking: Ohio Valley University decides to close
Trustees of Ohio Valley University in Vienna, W.Va., have voted to close the 63-year-old Christian university.
OVU, which is associated with Churches of Christ, informed students, faculty and staff today of the decision not to offer classes in the spring 2022 semester, President Michael Ross confirmed to The Christian Chronicle.
“We strive to be an institution that conducts business with integrity while being good stewards of our resources,” Ross said. “Our current situation precludes us from doing that. I am proud of what we have accomplished and the changes we made to preserve the mission of the school. We hold our heads high knowing we did the right things for the right reasons.”
In a text message, he added: “As we struggled through this process, we have focused on the following Scripture: ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight.’ Proverbs 3:5-6.”
OVU is working on a plan to help seniors finish their education at other schools, Ross said. The university hopes to offer a college fair Friday. Total enrollment had dipped below 200.
Last week, the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission posted a Dec. 10 meeting agenda with a resolution urging revocation of OVU’s authorization to confer degrees in the state, effective June 30, 2022. That resolution was scheduled to be considered this Friday.
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