Lawsuit filed to stop closure of Sweet Briar College

Lawsuit filed to stop closure of Sweet Briar College

AMHERST, VA (WWBT) - Attorneys filed a lawsuit on Monday to try and block the closure of Sweet Briar College.

The suit, filed by the Amherst County Attorney on behalf of the Commonwealth of Virginia, seeks an injunction to keep the 114-year-old college from closing later this year.

Monday evening, Sweet Briar College responded to the lawsuit via a statement from the college's communications director. "Sweet Briar College's legal counsel has just received the complaint from the Amherst County Attorney and will respond appropriately after a chance for careful review and analysis," Christy Jackson said in a statement e-mailed to NBC12 at 6:30 p.m. Monday.

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County Attorney Ellen Bowyer argues closing the college would break Virginia law, because Sweet Briar College founder Indiana Fletcher Williams set out for the College Board and President to serve as trustees in his will.

"The fight to save Sweet Briar College has taken a major step forward with today's filing of a lawsuit against the college by Amherst County Attorney Ellen Bowyer," said Sarah Clement, Chair of the Saving Sweet Briar Board of Directors. "This critical legal milestone gives tremendous hope to the thousands of students, faculty, staff and alumnae that have been fighting with all of their heart and soul to save Sweet Briar College."

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