On Friday, April 17th, WCAX News reported that three Vermont schools in the Vermont State Colleges System are on the chopping block. Northern Vermont University (NVU) -Lyndon, formerly known as Lyndon State College is one of those schools, along with NVU – Johnson and Vermont Technical College (VTC) in Randolph.
Citing the pandemic combined with past financial troubles, declining enrollment, revenues, and competition, Chancellor Jeb Spaudling suggested that action is necessary, yet acknowledged that this is “going to be a gut punch to the NEK.”
Loss of NVU in the Northeast Kingdom, would deeply affect the community, including major job loss, higher educational opportunities for locals, tourism, and the future of youth sports, including the Northeast Kingdom Aquatics Swim Team, a growing and impressive youth, USA swim team that has over 50 local athletes.
There is at least one petition circulating online to oppose closing NVU. Sign this one here.