Sweet Briar Executive Orders Halt to Student T-Shirt Project

Posted on Jun 13, 2015

Students in a senior summer business class at Sweet Briar College came up with an online marketing idea to help save the school that was created for their benefit, Sweet Briar College in Amherst, Virginia.  In March, the school's board of trustees, who have a fiduciary duty to operate the school for the benefit of the students, announced that the school would suddenly close in August 2015.  The student's project is to sell t-shirts and donate some of the proceeds to Saving Sweet Briar, a not for profit organization whose goal is to save the school.  In response, the school's vice president for finance and administration ordered that the project be halted because it creates a "conflict of interest" with the school board of trustee's goal of shuttering the school.

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