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Birmingham-Southern to close at end of May

BIRMINGHAM — School’s out May 31 for Birmingham-Southern College – permanently.

The college’s Board of Trustees announced it is closing after attempts failed to obtain bridge funding through a state loan program designed to aid the 168-year-old college.

“The Board of Trustees voted unanimously today to close the College after a 2024 bill designed to amend the 2023 legislation that established the loan program on which our future depended failed to win sufficient support in the Alabama House of Representatives,” BSC Board of Trustees Chairman Rev. Keith D. Thompson wrote in an email Tuesday. “Without that funding, the college does not have the resources to continue.”

The school is on spring break but information was emailed to students who will be updated when they return.

School officials said they will help students with transfers to other colleges.

“We are putting students first, and we will do everything we can to help them find the best place to continue their path to graduation,” said Provost Dr. Laura K. Stultz, a 27-year veteran of the College’s science faculty. “We are working with other institutions – including those in the Associated Colleges of the South as well as some in-state colleges and universities — on agreements that will help maximize the transfer of credits to keep them on track.”

The college will also offer assistance for its employees, most of whom will be out of jobs after May 31.

“This is a tragic day for the college, our students, our employees, and our alumni,” said Thompson. “But it is also a terrible day for Birmingham, for the neighborhoods who have surrounded our campus for more than 100 years, and for Alabama.”

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