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Virginia Intermont looking at merger

Monday - 10/7/2013, 4:19am  ET

BRISTOL, Va. (AP) -- Virginia Intermont College is looking at merging with another institution.

The Bristol Herald Courier (http://bit.ly/17FwzYu ) reports that Virginia Intermont vice president Rhonda Gentry told alumni in a newsletter that a merger announcement is expected in the coming weeks.

Gentry wrote that college officials believe the merger will allow each institution to showcase its strengths. The institutions also will work together to overcome challenges.

The other institution hasn't been identified.

Virginia Intermont is appealing a decision by its accrediting body to drop the private liberal arts school from its membership. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges attributed its June decision to the college's financial problems.

The school received a $240,000 grant last week from the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission.

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Information from: Bristol Herald Courier, http://www.bristolnews.com


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