Around the nation: December 15, 2014
Bite-sized college and higher education industry news
- Alabama: A mother and daughter graduated together from Troy University Sunday afternoon. The mother, Julie Johnson, had returned to college to pursue a master's degree in criminal justice. Her daughter, Samantha Floyd, received her associate degree in the same field. Johnson and Floyd said the experience was "fun" and a good opportunity to bond. Floyd plans a career in investigation or forensics, while Johnson says she would like to work with young, single mothers (Dothan Eagle, 12/14).
- Georgia: Spelman College announced Sunday that it will suspend indefinitely its prestigious Cosby Chair for the Humanities in the wake of sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby. (See EAB Daily Briefing's coverage of schools choosing to distance themselves from Cosby.) The endowed professorship was partly funded by a $20 million gift from Bill and Camille Cosby, whose daughters attended Spelman. The gift was the largest single donation ever made to a historically black college. Spelman's decision was publicly supported by at least one former chair and many current students (Bentley/Suggs, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 12/14).
- New Jersey: Richard Stockton College announced Saturday that it had settled its $18 million purchase of a former casino in Atlantic City. Closed since August, the casino building will be converted into a dormitory, administrative offices, and facilities for music and drama programs. Officials from the college say they will also use the dormitory as a hotel over summer break. The college has experience with this kind of renovation—in 2010, it bought a resort that it now uses to train and house students in its hospitality program (Kelley, Reuters, 12/13).
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