Alums protest changes at Peace College

Posted July 24, 2011

— Hundreds of alumnae gathered on the campus of Peace College in Raleigh Sunday to voice concerns over the administration's decision to change the college's name and admit male students next year.

Class of 2000 alumna Jamie Averette Mitchell called changes to the 154-year-old women's college, which will be called William Peace University starting in the fall, a "travesty."

Others lamented that the school failed to consult to alums before going forward.

"When all of us learned the news this week of the decisions by the board of trustees, we were very alarmed," said Lisa Mickschutz Chappell, class of 1987. "We were not advised before the media heard."

Peace College President Debra Townsley said the decisions boil down to economics. Alums protest changes at Peace College Alums protest changes at Peace College

"We know that two percent of women will look at a women's college. That means 98 percent won't," she said. "We're also not appealing to any men, so you lose a large portion of that market as well."

Protesters said that the single-gender education they received at Peace helped shape their lives and they are concerned about how admitting men will change the college's academic mission.

"To be disrespected and not given an opportunity to speak about out dissatisfaction, it's an ultimate insult," said Billie Burney-Scott, class of 1987. 

Demonstrators asked that college officials open a dialogue with alumni about the changes.

In her year-long tenure as president, Townsley has tried to secure the college's financial footing with staff reductions and the streamlining of some academic programs. She said admitting men is just another measure to bring in more money.


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  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Jul 27, 2011

    The feminists who've graduated from Peace are hypocrites.

    Now that the school is no longer discriminating against men, these feminists are up in arms.

    Bet they would complain louder to get a male only school to admit women.

  • soyousay Jul 26, 2011

    ron..(mom?)..I always thought you all were a bunch of stuck up females,

    how so very grown up of you.
    I guess you missed the point. Its about the money. Not enough wealthy admit the men, they already attend the grad school and it is not snowing in July.

  • randall0123a Jul 26, 2011

    Ever heard of the Citadel? Look it up and stop your whining.

  • amking88 Jul 25, 2011

    "I recall reading in GOLO how happy many Peace Alumna were when the last President left. They got their wish!"

    You're kidding, right? I don't know a single person from Peace College who didn't absolutely adore LCB.

  • whistler411 Jul 25, 2011

    "I have never seen so many ignorant people who obviously have no lives" melissamholt
    I suppose your life is just as full as ours since you are posting as well. After all I have read, I actually hope the school does go under. Someone referred to it as a 3rd rate school with 4th rate students. Starting to think so......

  • stonky Jul 25, 2011


  • melissamholt Jul 25, 2011

    I have never seen so many ignorant people who obviously have no lives. Those of you who say that Peace Alums need to "Stop whining" or "Suck it up" is it not whining to state that on this forum? Why are you on here just to criticize? You obviously do not know or care about the issue at hand. If you are not going to make some sort of constructive point or argument, go elsewhere. You are just making yourself look stupid.

    That being said. I am a Peace College alum from 2011 and I am very disappointed in these changes, but as someone stated during the radio interview this morning with Dr. Townsley, unless we lend some support our school will be lost entirely....forever. I know that this is not how we envisioned Peace to turn out and God know they REALLY need to work on communication at school (seriously, who doesn't tell students that the name of their school is going to be changed?), but I believe that eventually our school will turn out to be something great again and this is j

  • BreBoy Jul 25, 2011

    I don't get it. You same women would have a hissy fit if you tried to get into an all male school and were not allowed to do so. You'd be protesting that you're as good as any man and that it was discrimination to not be allowed in that school. Well, they're as good as you and it is discrimination for them not to be allowed in "your" school. Get real! Quit belly-aching and do something constructive. I always thought you all were a bunch of stuck up females, and you've just proved me right. Sorry, I can't lump all the women at the school in your same class. I apologize to them. I'm a woman, by the way, with sons and daughters.

  • whereisthedonkeyshow Jul 25, 2011

    Alumnae is a made up word by these sexists who hate men.

  • jacksonriccardi Jul 25, 2011

    I would like to invite all disgrunted Peace students to transfer into NC Wesleyan College.