Board vows to keep Lyndon campus open, caps tuition increase at 2.9 percent

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LYNDON — The Lyndon campus of Northern Vermont University will remain open, the Vermont State Colleges System Board of Trustees confirmed today. 

In a resolution passed unanimously at its annual retreat in Fairlee, the VSCS Trustees directed the chancellor to make specific recommendations before December 3 that will position the System for a strong future. 

Specifically, those recommendations are to include strengthening the newly-unified, two-campus Northern Vermont University. 

They also voted to cap tuition increases to 2.9 percent.

NVU last year was born by combining Johnson State College and Lyndon State College. 

Because of rumors that the Lyndon or both campuses could close, a heated community meeting was held last Thursday in which Chancellor Jeb Spaulding said that there is no proposal to close any campus, which trustees and Spaulding have now confirmed.

“In one year only, Northern Vermont University has already accomplished great things for its students, and it has become a national model for unification,” said VSCS Board Chair Church Hindes. “We reaffirm our strong support for NVU and for public higher education in the northern tier of Vermont.