The Coalition to Save Westminster Choir College in Princeton, Inc.
Response to the Rider University Board of Trustees Decision
Concerning the Future of Westminster Choir College’s Princeton Campus
At the close of the March 28th meeting of the Rider Board of Trustees, Gregory Dell’Omo, President of Rider University, announced that consolidating Westminster Choir College onto the Lawrenceville campus would not achieve the strategic goals of Rider. Recognizing the special nature of Westminster’s programs, the University has determined to pursue several options aimed at preserving Westminster’s strong legacy with the assistance of an outside firm. Rider University came to the aid of Westminster Choir College in 1992. Founded in 1920 in Dayton, Ohio, the college moved to its current location in Princeton in 1932.
In response to the Board’s decision, the Coalition will intensify its efforts to save its campus in Princeton. “The Coalition wishes all concerned to know that Rider’s vote yesterday provides no assurance that Westminster Choir College will remain on its Princeton campus. Rider University is seeking affiliation for Westminster with any institution offering to purchase it, even if that would result in relocating the Choir College to another campus,” said Coalition member Howard McMorris, former Trustee of WCC 1979-91, and a member of the Leadership Council since 1992. “We remain steadfastly committed to our title: The Coalition to Save Westminster Choir College in Princeton, Inc., and we are urgently soliciting contributions from all who support the mission of keeping Westminster at its current location in Princeton.”
Constance Fee, President of the Coalition to Save Westminster Choir College in Princeton, Inc., and President of the WCC Alumni Council said, “We are deeply grateful to the Board of Trustees for the window of opportunity this gives us to find another affiliation for Westminster. We also hope that Rider’s financial issues will be resolved in a way that will secure the future of Rider University. However, our focus remains firmly fixed on our mission of supporting the high-level training provided to students by Westminster Choir College’s world-class faculty on the Princeton campus, maintaining the international stature of the school, and preserving its legacy.”
“As the parents of a current Westminster Choir College student, we respect and support Rider University’s decision to maintain Westminster’s integrity.” Robin and Brad Payment continued, “We hope Rider University finds an institution that will support and continue to invest in the legacy and position that WCC holds in the field of music. We also hope that as the process moves forward, disruption to the current Westminster students and faculty will be minimized so they can remain focused on the excellence that is a Westminster Choir College education.”
Christian Koller, a freshman student, said, “The Westminster community has come together like nothing I’ve ever seen. I am so proud to be a part of it, and I know that our new students next year will be, too.”
“Yesterday was a monumental day for Westminster Choir College – its students, parents, faculty, alumni, and for me,” said alumna Carol Jenkins. “We were given an opportunity to continue to live, to thrive, to walk towards the future, and preserve our historical past. This gives current students a sigh of relief in knowing that they can continue their studies and promises future students the highest degree of music education available anywhere. We will not be deterred from our goal of finding an affiliation that will allow Westminster Choir College to continue to call its Princeton campus home.”
Contributions may be made online at https://www.savewestminster.org/contribution-page/
Please make checks payable to:
The Coalition to Save WCC in Princeton, Inc.
P.O. Box 101686
Cape Coral, FL 33910