Nearly 100 alumni of the college said they were surprised and upset by the school’s plan to reduce its footprint in Montpelier.
The nearly 15-year-old school will move some of its residencies to Colorado College, while others will be online. Administrators are also exploring selling or leasing some of the campus buildings.
Many are uncertain if the schools they’ve been planning attend will even be able to offer in-person instruction when fall rolls around.
The low-residency graduate arts school in Montpelier is happy to grow slowly and has plans to make scholarships a priority.
The president of the Vermont College of Fine Arts will be on sabbatical for a year starting in July before joining the faculty of the Montpelier college.
Southern Vermont College is only the most recent in a wave of troubled New England colleges planning to close. Some observers say it won’t be the last.