Atlantic Union College announces it is closing after 140 years of operation

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LANCASTER — After nearly 140 years in operation, Atlantic Union College has announced that it will close at the end of its current semester.

The small Seventh-day Adventist school closed in 2011 after losing its accreditation and reopened in 2015. While the college never did become re-accredited, Atlantic Union spokesman Emmanuelle Ortiz said Wednesday that the most recent closure was because of financial backers pulling their support from the school.

“There are two [Seventh-day Adventist] conferences that want to pull out completely and a third that wants to cut its funding by half,” he said. “We did a feasibility study and there’s no way for the school to continue on financially.”
Members of the Southern New England Conference of Seventh-day Adventists had already voted in April of last year to withdraw their annual $800,000 in support to the college.

According to Ortiz, the college plans to finish out the current semester and help students transfer into other area schools and programs.

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