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September 08, 2016

Vt. College’s Ex-President Blames Closure on Bad Land Deal

The former leader of Burlington College is pinning the small private institution’s demise earlier this year on the decision by her predecessor to spend $10 million on land for a proposed campus expansion, Vermont Public Radio reports.

In a letter to The Chronicle of Higher Education, Carol Moore called the 2010 property deal “appallingly inappropriate” for the 195-student college, which at the time was headed by Jane Sanders, the wife of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Ms. Moore wrote that the board members who’d hired Ms. Sanders six years earlier “steered clear of the tough questions which needed to be asked” about the purchase.

Ms. Moore was Burlington’s president when it shut down in May after years of financial struggles arising from debt on the land buy. Ms. Sanders left the college in 2011 after a falling out with the board.