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.Temple University Students Gather To Honor Students Killed, Call For Safety Changes
“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.READ MORE: After Firing Coach, Flyers Drop 9th Straight, 7-5 to Avalanche
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.”MORE NEWS: Joel Embiid Scores 43, 76ers Hold Off Pesky Hornets In OT
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.