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Art lawsuit dropped

Dear Community Members,

I am pleased to inform you that litigation brought against Randolph College in an attempt to stop it from selling four paintings from the College’s collection was dropped yesterday, Friday, March 7.

The College is pleased this litigation has been brought to an end and will continue to focus its attention on the upcoming appeals regarding coeducation in the Virginia Supreme Court. We believe the art and the coed cases are not connected. The courts have said they are unrelated, and we agree.

We are confident in the strength of our legal position and look forward to resolving these issues so that we can focus all of our attention on education and on securing the bright future of this College.

The Board of Trustees remains committed to doing what is necessary to ensure the financial future of this institution. The decision to sell the paintings was and remains necessary. The College will sell when it is in the best financial interests of the College.

There is already much good news to share as a result of the coed decision. Applications have tripled those of previous years. Total giving has rebounded. Many alumnae, once unsure of coeducation, have returned and are now supporting the College and its future direction. We still have challenges, but we are making real progress. The hard decisions we have made have positioned this College for a strong future. We are grateful for the community support we have received.


John E. Klein



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