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VMI Alumni Group Says "Go Private"

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BLACKSBURG, VA — July 1, 1996 - 6:45 p.m. EDT

An alumni group at the Virginia Military Institute wants the school to give up its state-supported status and become a privately funded school.

The announcement was made in response to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last week that VMI must admit women or give up state funding. It is estimated that changes to bring about privatization of VMI could cost up to $100 million

Making the school private would also have to be approved by Virginia's governor and state legislature

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