A letter sent to the Wesley College Family recently hinted at upcoming changes for the Delaware institution while admonishing the media for attempting to publish information before it was ready for release.
“As you know by the updates that have been sent out over the past several weeks/months, we are getting closer to finalizing a Definitive Agreement with a potential partner,” stated the letter posted to Twitter by a user named JCookin_Em Saturday, June 11. “As we get closer to the agreement press interest has increased, and as we have experienced on several occasions, statements have been published speculating about the identity of our potential partner, only to turn out not being the case.
“It is unfortunate that a story has to be published before anything is actually definitive. Attempting to get ahead of our process as we work through a potential partnership serves no purpose, other than to cause potential confusion, unneeded anxiety, and as we have seen in the past, potentially negative impacts on our negotiations.”
Numerous articles had been written by Delaware media speculating potential partners to include local institutions like the University of Delaware and Goldey-Beacom College.
Jay Simon and Wendy-Akua Adjei, reporters for The Whetstone, an independent newspaper run by Wesley students, also published an article regarding possible connections April 1 this year, stating, “The name of the institution remained a mystery until its name was revealed in a tweet from a Delaware State News reporter. St. Leo University, based outside of Tampa, Fla., was named as the potential institution.”
A faculty member at UD, Tim Deschriver, also took to Twitter in May to point out possible financial trouble within the Wesley College institution and suggested the private university as a partner.
In discussing financial woes stemming from a loss of sports programs, Deschriver’s tweet reads, in part, “. . .I think they [Wesley College] are selling their campus space to St. Leo from FL.”
To date, official word has not yet been released by Wesley College or its future partnering entity. But speculations continue. The Delaware Business Times quoted “sources” from Delaware State University Monday, saying an announcement about a definitive agreement between those two institutions could come as early as this week.
If Delaware State University acquires the college, it could be the first time a Historically Black College or University makes such a transaction. The Historically Black Colleges and Universities Foundation knew of no other HBCU that had, up until this point, acquired another school, although a couple may be in the works across the country.