Saint Augustine’s U. Is in Talks to Acquire Troubled Saint Paul’s College

Saint Augustine’s University, in Raleigh, N.C., is negotiating to acquire Saint Paul’s College, a Virginia institution that was stripped of its accreditation in June by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Saint Paul’s later won a court order restoring its accreditation. Saint Augustine’s said in a message on its Web site that the two historically black institutions, both affiliated with the Episcopal Church, had reached an agreement to manage Saint Paul’s jointly beginning in January. The pair is also developing a plan to create a Saint Augustine’s campus on the Saint Paul’s site, in Lawrenceville, Va. Shelley Willingham-Hinton, assistant vice president for communications at Saint Augustine’s, said in an interview with the News & Observer that her campus viewed the move as “a way to help preserve a sister HBCU.”

Correction (11/28/2012, 1:45 p.m.): This post originally provided incomplete information about the accreditation status of Saint Paul’s College. The college was stripped of its accreditation in June, but it won a court order in August restoring its accreditation. The post has been updated to reflect this correction.

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