Mills College alumni are suing the school, alleging they were blindsided by the institution’s recent news to shutdown or merge with Northeastern University, SF Gate reported.
The June 7 complaint claims Mills withheld information from alumni on the board of trustees, “thereby stifling [the] Plaintiffs’ ability to fulfill their fiduciary duties to Mills.”
The alumni are asking for at least 60 days to review the school’s books to understand options.
Cherlene Wright, appointed member of the Alumnae Association of Mills College Board of Governors, said the possibility of closing was never mentioned until the public March announcement.
“We absolutely have known that the college is struggling financially. We absolutely have been offering help with fundraising, with recruitment,” Wright said. “Never in any of these board meetings was shutting the college down even raised as a possibility.”