A MESSAGE FROM CONSTANCE FEE, PRESIDENT OF
THE COALITION TO SAVE WESTMINSTER CHOIR COLLEGE IN PRINCETON, INC.
As president of the Coalition to Save Westminster Choir College in Princeton, Inc., I am writing to inform you that a class action lawsuit was filed today, June 20, 2017, in federal court in New York City alleging that Rider University has no legal right to sell the College and the Princeton campus. After discussions with Rider President Gregory Dell’Omo and other administration officials on May 19th, representatives of the Coalition followed up the meeting with a written proposal to spin off Westminster as an independent institution, stating that a subsequent meeting would be expected within 30 days. It was indicated in the proposal that legal action would be taken should this meeting not take place by the deadline. As of Monday, June 19th, no request to meet had been received.
Rider had initially indicated that members of the Coalition would be invited to participate in negotiations. When that opportunity never materialized, and no effort to schedule a follow-up meeting by the deadline was made, we were left with only one option, which was to do exactly what we said we would do, when we said we would do it, and proceed with legal action. If the Choir College were to be broken up, the campus sold, some of our exceptionally gifted students, world-class faculty, and high caliber programs relocated elsewhere, there would be no turning back. Westminster’s world-class stature and international renown would be impossible to maintain, and would be gone forever.
Plaintiffs in the lawsuit are members of the Westminster Community including students, parents, alumni and donors. Legal costs will be covered by the Coalition. To contribute your financial support, please click on the link below. Your gift of any amount is sincerely appreciated.
Click here to the view the full complaint filed today and additional supporting documents.
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