November 13, 2017

President Jane Fernandes Signs Letter to N.C. Rep on Tax Bill


Guilford College President Jane Fernandes joins 14 other presidents in signing a letter penned by A. Hope Williams, the President of the N.C. Independent Colleges and Universities, to Representative Butterfield of North Carolina regarding proposed tax legislation H.R. 1.

The letter cites that all 36 of North Carolina’s private colleges and universities are “gravely concerned about the harm” that a number of provisions in the new legislation would cause students who attend private colleges and universities, as well as the schools themselves. 

These provisions would, according to the letter, make it more expensive to go to college, hurt students in their early working life, and negatively impact endowments that private colleges and universities depend on to remain viable and, collectively, the largest private employer in the state. 

Read the full letter.

“Guilford College remains committed to keeping college affordable and accessible for every student, and this bill will make that more difficult. If this bill passes, independent colleges may have to make some tough decisions regarding tuition,” Jane says. “We call on our North Carolina representatives to consider the burden this bill will impose on our students and the negative impact it will have on not only their educational opportunities but also their careers and financial security after college.”

Joining President Jane are the presidents of Wake Forest University, Meredith College, NC Wesleyan College, Greensboro College, Queens University of Charlotte, Elon University, Catawba College, Montreat College, High Point University, Salem College and Saint Augustine’s University.