Category: Birmingham-Southern College

Forward Ever Day Is Different This Year at BSC as Closure Looms

“Forward Ever” is the motto of Birmingham-Southern College, which for 168 years educated students and prepared them for a future beyond the Hilltop.

But the liberal arts college’s days are numbered with the recent announcement that BSC will close on May 31. That announcement has left students, faculty and staff feeling like they’ve experienced a death in their family.

“We are all grieving,” said Virginia Gilbert Loftin, the school’s vice president for advancement and communications.

Today is Forward Ever Day at BSC. Annually, this is the day alumni and friends of the college are urged to give in support of the school. But Forward Ever Day has a somber feel this year as friends of the college will give in an effort to make the final days of students, faculty and staff as good as they can be. Read more.

Neighbors Worry About Future of BSC Land as Officials Discuss Redevelopment Options

The mood was somber in the auditorium at A.H. Parker High School Monday night as neighbors of Birmingham-Southern College expressed their concern about the announced closing of the liberal arts college as of May 21.

State Rep. Juandalynn Givan, D-Birmingham, hosted a town hall to field questions about the school. Of particular concern was what will happen to the 192-acre campus. More than one compared BSC to the old Carraway Hospital property, which deteriorated for years north of downtown. Read more.

Miles Might Consider BSC Property as Other Universities Express No Interest

UPDATED — Miles College may have interest in the campus of Birmingham-Southern College, which announced this week that it will close at the end of May.

“At this time, we do not have a formal plan to pursue the BSC campus,”

Miles College President Bobbie Knight told BirminghamWatch. “As a Miles College community made up of faculty, students and families, our primary focus has been to support and address the needs of the BSC community.

“Now that a resolution has been reached regarding BSC,” Knight said, “we look forward to a dialogue regarding the future of the campus.” Read more.

What Closing of Birmingham-Southern College Means to Residents in Surrounding Communities

If anyone knows the importance of Birmingham-Southern College, it would be Joanice Thompson, president of Bush Hills Connections, a nonprofit organization to pool resources and forge partnerships to benefit their neighborhood. One of the neighborhood’s biggest achievements, the Bush Hills Community Garden and Urban Farm, came about with the help of BSC students, she said. Read more.

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Birmingham-Southern College Closing After 168 Years Educating Students

Birmingham-Southern College Closing After 168 Years Educating Students

Birmingham-Southern College is closing its doors May 31 after a nearly 18-month fight to overcome its financial shortfalls. The BSC board of trustees met Tuesday and decided to close the school after learning that a bill to lend the college $30 million from a state higher education loan fund was unlikely to pass the Legislature this year. Read more.

City OK’s $5 Million to Help Keep BSC Open

The Birmingham City Council on Tuesday approved $5 million in funding to help keep Birmingham-Southern College operating.

The city will provide BSC a $2.5 million loan that will be forgiven provided BSC opens classes in the fall and a 20-year loan for the same amount to be repaid at a 1% interest rate. Read more.

Birmingham City Council President Dissents From Vote Pledging Financial Support for Birmingham-Southern College

It’s not about Birmingham-Southern College; it’s about the residents of Birmingham.

That’s what Birmingham City Council President Wardine Alexander said Tuesday in her dissent from passage of a resolution pledging city dollars to support BSC, a private college, if the institution is able to obtain additional funding from the state. Read more.