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The Marlboro College Campus laden with snow in early February.

Marlboro College campus sold for significantly less than original valuation, new documents show

By Jacob Seitz
Published July 24, 2020

The Marlboro campus on Potash Hill—once valued at $10 million by Emerson—sold to Democracy Builders in May for $225,000, according to new documents...

A view of part of the old Marlboro College campus.

Turmoil over racism allegations toward Marlboro College buyer continues after Emerson finalizes merger

By Jacob Seitz
Published July 24, 2020

The Marlboro community raised more questions about the allegations of racism against Democracy Builders, the organization that purchased the Marlboro College...

President M. Lee Pelton and President Kevin Quigley walking down Potash Hill in November 2019.

Emerson finalizes Marlboro merger

By Jacob Seitz and Diana Bravo
Published July 23, 2020

The college confirmed Thursday that the Emerson-Marlboro deal is now finalized after the Vermont Attorney General approved the agreement Monday.  “This...

Students gather outside Marlboro Colleges dining hall after an emergency board of trustees meeting in early December 2019.

Vermont Attorney General cannot stop Marlboro campus sale amid allegations of racism against buyer

By Jacob Seitz
Published July 17, 2020

Despite mounting allegations of racism against the Democracy Builders founder, the sale of the Marlboro campus to the non-profit cannot be stopped by the...

President M. Lee Pelton and President Kevin Quigley walking down Potash Hill in November 2019.

Emerson, Marlboro strike “provisional agreement” on acquisition

By Jacob Seitz
Published May 28, 2020

Emerson College announced Thursday that it has entered into a provisional agreement to acquire Marlboro College, just hours after Marlboro announced the...

The Marlboro College Board of Trustees met over Zoom Saturday morning to discuss the merger deal.

Emerson to receive $22 million in Marlboro merger

By Jacob Seitz
Published May 16, 2020

Emerson College will receive only an estimated $22 million out of the estimated $27 million of Marlboro College’s endowment when the Emerson-Marlboro...

The Marlboro College Campus laden with snow in early February.

Boston-based realty group to take point on sale of Marlboro campus

By Jacob Seitz
Published April 23, 2020

Marlboro College selected a Boston-based real estate firm on Tuesday to aid in the promotion and sale of the 530-acre campus on top of Potash Hill. Colliers...

Letter: Amy Tudor responds to Kevin Quigley statements

Letter: Amy Tudor responds to Kevin Quigley statements

By Amy Tudor
Published April 13, 2020

Amy Tudor is an alum of Marlboro College and affiliated with I Believe In Marlboro College, a group of alumni and community members opposing Emerson College's...

Nationally renowned painter and Marlboro benefactor dies at 92

Nationally renowned painter and Marlboro benefactor dies at 92

By Faith Bugenhagen, The Marlboro Monitor
Published April 4, 2020

Cecily Kahn remembers the many times she would accompany her father, Wolf Kahn, to find new subject matter for him to illustrate. Wolf Kahn was a renowned...

The Potash Hill campus was sold in May for $225,000.

Marlboro students say a premature goodbye to Potash Hill

By Jacob Seitz
Published March 16, 2020

Over the past three years, Marlboro College student Charlie Hickman hasn’t left Potash Hill for more than a few months at a time. If the proposed Emerson-Marlboro...

President M. Lee Pelton responds to community unrest following COVID-19 pandemic.

Pelton responds to “unprecedented” COVID-19 uncertainty

By Dana Gerber, Assistant Enterprise Editor
Published March 11, 2020

President M. Lee Pelton said many answers concerning long-term extracurricular continuation, housing feasibility, summer and fall classes, and room, board,...

The Marlboro College Campus laden with snow in early February.

Marlboro College proposed merger with Emerson College on “expedited” track

By Melissa Rosales
Published February 9, 2020

MARLBORO, VT—On this week’s episode of The Beacon, producer Melissa Rosales and audio engineer Connor Gallant travel to Marlboro College to cover the...

Marlboro College President Kevin Quigley (center) at the Board of Trustees meeting Saturday. Photo: Cho Yin Rachel Lo/The Marlboro Monitor

Proposed merger between Marlboro and Emerson College on “expedited” track

By Jacob Seitz
Published February 8, 2020

MARLBORO, VT—The Marlboro Board of Trustees announced they are attempting to expedite the timeline of the proposed merger with Emerson College at their...

Marlboro College President Kevin Quigley looks on as a speaker addresses an audience of Marlboro College students, alumni, and residents on Dec. 14, 2019.

No date set for Marlboro working group presentation

By Jacob Seitz
Published February 6, 2020

Marlboro College will potentially miss a self-imposed target deadline for working groups to present their final reports to the Board of Trustees, according...

An Asset Transfer Agreement, signed by Emerson and Marlboro, revealed that Emerson expects to receive just over $20 million from the merger.

An open letter on Marlboro College from former Marlboro faculty, staff, and alumni academics

Published January 20, 2020
Marlboro College community members send an open letter on the potential closure of the college.
Boston police detain an individual during the Straight Pride Parade. Photo by Montse Landeros / Beacon Correspondent

Top Ten Stories 2019: Everything from NBA team stuck in elevator to Marlboro merger

By Chris Van Buskirk
Published December 31, 2019
his year saw everything from the acquisition of a new college to a professional NBA team getting stuck in an elevator. With 2019 drawing to end in a few hours, senior editors at The Beacon compiled a list of their top ten stories of the year. All the lists were then averaged out to create the one here.
Students gather outside Marlboro Colleges dining hall after an emergency board of trustees meeting in early December 2019.

Emerson College seeking to liquidate Marlboro College campus before July

By Chris Van Buskirk
Published December 14, 2019
Emerson College President M. Lee Pelton and Marlboro College President Kevin Quigley acknowledged Saturday Emerson's desire to sell the Vermont campus.
Marlboro College President Kevin Quigley told The Beacon that students and staff at Marlboros graduate school should have been aware of the schools track to closure.

Marlboro graduate school staff left unaware of closure track

By Andrew Brinker
Published November 22, 2019

Multiple Marlboro College Graduate School staff members said they were unaware of the school’s closure track until last week, contradicting previous...

Emerson anticipates massive losses during the 2020-21 fiscal year, ranging from $33 million to $76 million, President M. Lee Pelton said in a letter to faculty Monday.

Emerson College president to visit Marlboro campus Wednesday

By Jacob Seitz
Published November 19, 2019

BOSTON—Emerson College President M. Lee Pelton plans to visit Marlboro College Wednesday, his first trip to the campus since the Boston institution announced...

Marlboro Colleges On-the-Way building houses all graduate school operations. Jakob Menendez / Beacon Staff

Marlboro Graduate School facing imminent closure

By Andrew Brinker
Published November 14, 2019

MARLBORO, Vt.—Marlboro College’s graduate school is on a path to closure and could officially cease operations as soon as 2020, according to Marlboro...

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