Rider University President Gregory Dell’Omo told faculty and staff last week that the school may need to shut down Westminster Choir College’s Princeton campus, sell the property, and consolidate all students, faculty and staff onto the Lawrence campus to avoid a deficit that is projected to be $13.1 million by 2019.
The potential closing of the Princeton campus was first reported by The Rider News, the student newspaper at Rider University.
The teachers’ union at the university has offered concessions that would save the school up to $5.5 million annually by 2020, but school officials claimed the short-term concessions are not enough.
Dell’Omo said Rider University needs to increase its enrollment by 114 undergraduate students by the fall 2017 and find $7.8 million in savings or face a $7 million deficit in fiscal year 2018. The school would need to increase enrollment by another 46 undergraduate students in the fall 2018 and find $7.2 million in savings, or the deficit would increase to $13.1 in 2019.
Campus consolidation is being studied and a decision will not be reached until February, school officials said. Westminster professors and students have been upset about the possibility of the Princeton campus being shut down, saying it will ruin the character of the choir college.
The potential move comes at a time when Princeton University is looking at expanding its campus. The Princeton Public Schools district is also looking to expand as school enrollment climbs.
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