The Temporary Restraining Order against the board voting expired this morning and, as expected, the trustees voted to be absorbed by Northeastern. We are obviously disappointed in this, but our struggle carries on.
The Save Mills College Coalition has a separate legal case and has asked the Attorney General of California to intervene.
We call on him to act..
For a view as to what being absorbed is likely to actually mean for faculty and staff, our latest newsletter has an interview with a member of the New Colleges of the Humanities staff. They were absorbed in 2019 and told to teach free market idealism at half their previous pay. https://mailchi.mp/1dde27953600/save-mills-welcome-4970470?e=[UNIQID
Their experience does not bode well for current faculty, who previously voted no confidence in Hillman and now rely on her entirely in any 'deal' to be absorbed.
And we are also asking people to pledge money to Mills. This pledge is conditional on Mills remaining it's own degree-granting college. https://www.savemillspledge.org/
We hope that this demonstrates our seriousness to the trustees and to the Attorney General of California who we are lobbying to look into this deal.
Obviously, the best outcome would be for the board to have greater oversight, vote no or delay the vote, so your letters and pledges may help.
The college has *again* been ordered by the judge to hand over financial documents to trustees by the end of the day, however, the temporary restraining order has been lifted, meaning the board of trustees could vote today to be absorbed by Northeastern.
The deal is not yet finalised, so they would be handing a blank check to the college president and not look at the deal again.
We are asking people the please write them. There is a handy button here: https://www.aamc-mills.org/bot-letters
Save Mills - Help us Buy it
Our new newsletter is out! Get the details of how to pledge there: https://mailchi.mp/6a9adc78d15d/save-mills-welcome-4968090
Due to the state of the files given by the college to the trustees, there will be another court hearing shortly and the board of trustees cannot vote to close or merge the college until after the hearing.
Students have started a petition demanding the college president and several members of the board resign. https://www.change.org/p/mills-college-board-of-trustees-president-hillman-the-executive-board-of-trustees-must-resign
On-campus sit-in tomorrow (2 September)
We are Mills!
Did you know? The Mills College you know may no longer exist as of Friday, September 3?
Change can be a good thing, if ALL voices are heard.
This is YOUR College.
Don't let the Board of Trustees take it from you.
4pm Thursday, September 2
500 Mac Arthur Blvd
In January 2021, two months before the closure announcement, the College’s auditors signed off on the school’s financials, noting nothing of immediate concern. Mills’ own leadership essentially stated that there was absolutely no issue in how they represented the College to the school’s auditors.
For more on this, see our newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/6c4c36498079/save-mills-welcome-4963198
Two alumnae trustees of Mills did not have access to the financial documents they need to understand the state of the college. They sued to get access and won! The college was given a short time window to hand over the documents in a digital format and was told that it could not vote to merge or close before September 3rd.
The college gave their trustees 21,000+ individual files - every page a new item to open - in some cases multiples, irrelevant info, pictures of flowers on campus.
Mills College's claims about the state of its finances seemed inconsistent to us, so we hired an expert to take a look.
His analysis indicates that operations can continue in a prudent and sustainable way.
See our press release for a summary of Dr. Falconi’s findings.
The SMCC asks the California Attorney General to replace or hold accountable Mills College’s current leadership and trustees.
Save Mills Rally
This is very short notice, but there's not much time left. Once Mills has been flogged off, it's gone forever.
Please alert anyone you think may want to attend. Boosts extremely welcome.
Save Mills Rally
The vote to allow Mills college to be absorbed by Northeastern is scheduled for ten days from now.
Mills still refuses to allow alumnae trustees to examine the financial documents tat they are allowed and required to access in their roles as trustees.
Indeed, Mills demanded their own trustees pay a $35Million bond in case the financial documents were leaked!
Rally Monday 2 August at the courthouse! Wear your Mills College gear, bring signs of support and lots of energy!
Saving Mills in the news
You can read a news piece about the Alumnae Association lawsuit here: https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Mills-College-graduates-sue-to-block-leaders-from-16297157.php
For what the stakes are and why we're so keen, here's a piece by a current student on how Mills is a great college for people who have disabilities: https://themighty.com/2021/07/mills-college-closing-students-learning-disabilities/
Previously, we posted that the Mills stakeholder community had no transparency on the state of Mills financials or why a college with a ~growing~ $200 million endowment felt it needed to close. Now it transpires that many trustees *also* say they did not receive that information.
Does Mills need new ownership? We've yet to see documentation that it does. However, it's quite clear that it needs #NewLeadership.
Alumnae Association of Mills College files lawsuit
The Alumnae Association of Mills College shares IT services with the college - which hosts their website and runs their mailing list. After they launched their lawsuit, the college removed all references to it from the AAMC's website and has refused to allow them to contact alums via email. Their list has 26000 alums on it.
All alums are requested to sign up for their new list: https://www.aamc-mills.org/subscribe
Alumnae Association of Mills College files lawsuit
The AAMC of Mills college has filed a lawsuit on behalf of alumni trustees, seeking an injunction on further actions related to closing / merging the college. The lawsuit alleges that trustees were "shocked" by the announcement that the college would close and they did not receive adequate information to carry out their duties.
You can read more about the lawsuit here: https://www.aamc-mills.org/
Inquiry regarding Northeastern U
Northeastern University seems to be in the midst of a spending spree, buying campuses and colleges around the world. We've hard many nice things about their central hub, but very little at what's become of their purchases.
Are you a student or teacher at a campus that Northeastern bought? Has it been positive, negative or neutral for you and your institution? How have they removed or protected the identity of your campus? Please message us!
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