Followers of the Chester College situation knew that the small, N.H. arts school faced a daunting $750,000 deficit in April. On Friday, however, President Robert Baines sent out a message to students and faculty announcing that current students would be able to continue their educations at nearby New England College, but Chester would no longer be able to sustain itself.
"After careful consideration and an in-depth exploration into all the options and resources available to us, the Board of Trustees of Chester College of New England has reached the conclusion that our efforts to secure and increase our enrollment can no longer sustain the college," the message read, according to an Inside Higher Ed report. "It is with a profound sense of sadness that I report to you that the Board has voted to close Chester College."
Additionally, New England College announced that it would hire four faculty members from Chester for one-term appointments. Other employees from the closing school may receive offers as well.