January 8, 2020

Move of Choir College by Rider University “Not a Done Deal”

To The Editor:

Rider University’s attempt to impress the public that moving Westminster Choir College (WCC) students to Lawrenceville in the fall of 2020 is a done deal continues a misinformation campaign to get the public to believe that nothing more can be done to keep WCC in Princeton.

This is not a lost cause, and it is not a done deal. On the contrary, there are currently three different lawsuits challenging Rider’s legal rights to grab WCC for monetary purposes.

These suits will take a few years to resolve, cost a lot of money, especially to Rider which is losing money on it every year, and, by the time the issue is resolved, WCC may be an empty shell, unless the Princeton public will unite to support keeping it in Princeton.

If the public wants to keep WCC in Princeton it needs to write letters to the editors of the local papers. The public should communicate their wishes to the mayor and to each member of the town’s Council as well as to the president and members of the Princeton Public School Board of Education.

Rider’s latest step is not what they originally wanted to do, i.e. sell WCC, the college, and it’s property. That did not happen, and Rider is stuck and is trying to get its money any way it can, even if it will cause the demise of one of the best choir colleges in the world.

Any elected Princeton official encouraging Rider to continue this destructive path by showing interest in buying the Westminster property is, in effect, aiding and abetting in the destruction of this jewel of Princeton.

If the public will rise to the occasion, Rider may finally realize that there are no buyers to the property and will be willing to negotiate a settlement that will leave an independent WCC in Princeton.

Ralph Perry
Random Road