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St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Member MacMurray College to Close its Doors

Sam Viebrock—Inside D3 Reporter

JACKSONVILLE, Ill. – Effectively in May 2020, MacMurray College is going to close its doors for good according to many reports. This story first broke on March 27, 2020, by the College and local newspapers. MacMurray closes after more than 170-years of operation. The move comes as not a surprise despite all of the alumni giving and after extensive analysis. The college closing is also given to the economic downturn by not keeping up with other small, liberal arts institutions, because of COVID-19, and declining enrollment. The College also went on record saying that they will help all of their student-athletes transfer to what they call “blanket schools.” These schools are schools in the area that are in closest proximity to MacMurray. These schools include Blackburn College (SLIAC), Eureka College (SLIC), Greenville University (SLIAC), Illinois College (UMAC), McKendree University (DII), Millikin University (CCIW), and Monmouth College (UMAC). MacMurray College, home of the Highlanders, opened in 1846 by the Methodist Clergy as the Illinois Female Academy. It was one of the oldest schools originally for females in the United States and one of the oldest liberal arts schools in Illinois. Men were not accepted into the University until 1955 and the men’s and women’s colleges did not merge until 1969. Response from President Beverly Rodgers: “We deeply regret the decision and are sorry for the disruption and disappointment it will have for everyone in the Mac family. Our students remain our top priority; we will assist all students in their transfer needs, helping them ensure they are able to finish their degrees. We will also support our faculty and staff in their transitions to other positions.” *The information including in this press release are courtesy of the Springfield State Journal Register and MacMurray College Athletics. * --Inside D3--

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