Saturday, September 09, 2006
Randolph-Macon Woman's College to admit men next fall
Randolph-Macon Woman's Colleges' board of trustees voted Saturday to admit men to the Lynchburg campus beginning next fall.
Despite objections from students and alumni, the decision means the campus will be co-ed for the first time in the school's 115-year history.
"I feel betrayed in every since of the word, and I feel deceived," said Elizabeth Carter, a 23 year-old Randolph-Macon Woman's College graduate who lives in Roanoke.
Carter, who graduated in 2005, expect reaction to range from lawsuits filed by alumni group to student protests when classes resume Monday.
Meanwhile, administrators at nearby Hollins University said they are saddened by the college's decision, but are committed maintaining the school's single-sex environment.
"I'm just so saddened...our sister institution has made this decision," Hollins president Nancy Gray said Saturday.
Gray said its hard to predict whether enrollment at Hollins will grow due to Randolph Macon Woman's College's decision to admit men. However, she said the school has taken over a dozen calls in recent weeks from Randolph-Macon Woman's College students who might be interested in transferring.