St. Paul’s College to shut down in June

LAWRENCEVILLE, Va. (WTVR) — St. Paul’s College in Lawrenceville is closing for good on June 30.

The historically black school ran into a number of problems in the last few years, including declining enrollment, lost accreditation and financial troubles.

The college was supposed to be bought by another university in North Carolina, but that sale fell through.

The mayor of Lawrenceville said the closure will not only affect students, but will impact the entire community.

“This is tough for a small town like ours, because as you know, we lost that prison with 400 jobs about three of four years ago…,” said Lawrenceville Mayor Doug Pond. “And now we’re looking at this other blow with the college closing down, with at least 70 or 80 jobs.”

The school just had a graduation.

Officials said some of the underclassmen’s credits will be transferable to other universities.

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