College for sale — rich conservative sought

If you’ve got a few million lying around, have I got a deal for you:

Antioch College, the little liberal Ohio school that has fallen on hard times, is for sale for $12.2 million, a spokeswoman said Sunday.

The 156-year-old private college — which counts civil rights activist Coretta Scott King, writer Rod Serling, actor Cliff Robertson and evolutionary scientist Stephen Jay Gould among its long list of notable graduates — was put up for sale after its parent organization, Antioch University, was unable to finalize an agreement with a group of alumni and former trustees that was interested in taking it over, the Dayton Daily News reported.

The negotiations with the alumni group ended Friday when university officials turned down its “best and final” offer to pay half of the $12.2 million over five years.

Antioch University spokeswoman Lynda Sirk said any potential buyer — including the alumni group — must provide full payment up front.

Without a sale, Antioch College plans to close June 30 and reopen in 2012 after reorganizing, university administrators have said.

The college, whose first president was Horace Mann, has about 200 students, down from about 2,000 in the 1970s. Antioch historically offered no class grades, encouraged students to develop their own study plans and incorporated off-campus learning experiences.

Perhaps last year, and perhaps in the Atlantic, or maybe City Journal, I read a long, sad article about the way in which Antioch went from being a respected liberal arts college to becoming a hippie dippy joke, with a drugged out student population.  Wouldn’t it be lovely if the place could be turned into another Hillsdale or other quality classic liberal arts college?

Hat tip:  R”G”N

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  • Danny Lemieux

    Mmmm. I probably could cough-up a ten-er for the place. What about you?

  • Mahlon

    This was a nice college before the 60’s swallowed it. It is in the very peaceful setting of Yellow Springs, Ohio – currently a left-wing bastion in the middle of an exceedingly Red county in southwest Ohio. When the news was announced that the College was going to close, Henry Wickham wrote an obituary over at American Thinker. I later exchanged emails with Henry and we agreed that Book’s idea is great.