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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, Staff Writer
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 obtained by The Beacon. It is unclear why the...

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, Staff Writer
July 24, 2020

The Marlboro community raised more questions about the allegations of racism against Democracy Builders, the organization that purchased the Marlboro College campus, in a town meeting held Monday—the...

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
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 historic alliance will enable the Marlboro...

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, Staff Writer
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 Vermont Attorney General, according to the state...

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, Staff Writer
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 sale of their Vermont campus. “Emerson College...

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, Staff Writer
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 merger is complete, Marlboro officials said Saturday. In...

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 , Staff Writer
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 International Group’s Boston-based team...

Letter: Amy Tudor responds to Kevin Quigley statements

Letter: Amy Tudor responds to Kevin Quigley statements

By Amy Tudor
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 acquisition of Marlboro College.  In a...

Nationally renowned painter and Marlboro benefactor dies at 92

Nationally renowned painter and Marlboro benefactor dies at 92

By Faith Bugenhagen
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 artist who frequently sought inspiration from...

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

Marlboro students say a premature goodbye to Potash Hill

By Jacob Seitz, Staff Writer
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 merger goes through, Hickman and their...

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

Pelton responds to “unprecedented” COVID-19 uncertainty

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
March 12, 2020

President M. Lee Pelton said many answers concerning long-term extracurricular continuation, housing feasibility, summer and fall classes, and room, board, and tuition refunds remain uncertain amid the...

The Marlboro College Campus laden with snow in early February.

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

By Melissa Rosales, Podcast Producer
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 latest updates on the proposed Emerson-Marlboro...

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, Staff Writer
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 meeting Saturday where they also discussed critics...

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, Staff Writer
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 to an email from the president of the institution. The...

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

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, Contributing Reporter
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, Contributing Reporter
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, Senior Investigative Reporter
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 statements from Marlboro College President Kevin Quigley. Business...

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, Staff Writer
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 plans to acquire the small liberal arts school...

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

Marlboro Graduate School facing imminent closure

By Andrew Brinker, Senior Investigative Reporter
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 College President Kevin Quigley. The graduate...

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