A Holy Cross College administrator mistakenly sent an email to the entire student body last week that contained confidential information suggesting the college might close, The South Bend Tribune reported.
Kelly Jordan, the vice president for student affairs at the Catholic liberal arts college in Indiana, sent an email chain with messages dating back to early April.
In it, Jordan wrote that he might “spend the better part of the coming school year closing down the college.”
The emails -- sent to an administrator at Culver Academies, a boarding school in Indiana -- also detailed some of the financial and administrative woes the college has experienced of late. Last month, the president left his post, and three out of five vice presidents resigned from the college soon after. In the emails, Jordan said the college president was fired by the board “quite unexpectedly.”
“I am not sure how all this is going to play out for the college (i.e., if it can even remain in operation),” Jordan wrote April 23. “All of this, of course, is strictly confidential, and I know that I can count on your discretion.”
The messages appeared to be sent to the more than 500 students enrolled at Holy Cross, and possibly some faculty and staff. After it went out Friday morning, the college tried to recall the email, but many students had already opened, saved and shared it.
The interim president, the Reverend David Tyson, sent an email to students, faculty and staff Friday afternoon addressing the incident. “You may have heard about, or received, an email this morning that included some alarming information about the future of the college,” Father Tyson said in the email. “Please understand that this was one person’s opinion and does not reflect the conversations that the Board of Trustees and administration are having about the future of the college …. Regardless of what rumors may be circulating, I am looking forward to classes beginning in August and working with the faculty and students to create a bright future for the college that fully reflects the Holy Cross mission.”