PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Dozens of Cheyney University alumni rallied Tuesday outside of the Governor Tom Wolf’s Philadelphia office Tuesday. The cash-strapped institution could lose its accreditation and supporters are hoping he’ll step in.
“We’re here to ring the alarm– the house is on fire,” said Attorney Michael Coard co-founder of Heeding Cheyney’s Call.
The institution is currently mired in debt and the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education or PASSHE- formed a task force to come up with a plan to save it.
“They’re talking about cutting Cheyney’s program, selling Cheyney’s land, demolishing building- how the hell do you make things better by doing that,” Coard said.
So alumni want Governor Tom Wolf, who’s been a supporter to step in. City, state and federal lawmakers all say they’ll work to support the effort.
Congressman Dwight Evans said, “It’s important that Cheyney stay viable.”
A spokesman for Governor Wolf says he is working closely with PASSHE to create a path forward for Cheyney. The school’s accreditation report is due September 1.