Today, after months of consideration, President Peter E. Millet met with students, faculty, & staff
to announce the College will eliminate all athletic programs except men and women's basketball, effective Fall 2016. The President said the decision is the most appropriate for helping the College tackle its current financial deficit. The band and cheer squads will also remain.
The College will honor all current athletic scholarships and coaching salaries. Athletic events currently scheduled will continue through the spring semester.
The President expressed a vision that --while cutting sports programs – includes a focus on science, technology, education, the arts, and mathematics (STEAM), along with a renewed emphasis on religion.
The President said this is a pivotal moment in the college’s history. The tough decisions made are in hopes of getting the College back on solid financial ground.
Jean Wilson-Sykes, Director of the Office of Alumni Affairs said, “this is exactly the time when alumni should step up. If we want these programs back, and a better more fiscally sound Stillman, we’ve got to step up our giving, participation, and overall support of the school.”
Stillman Alumni launched a one-day giving campaign and raised more than $6,000 for campus renovations just two days before the President’s announcement. The President said the athletic programs may come back after the 2016-2017 school year if the money is available.