Mayor Teresa Tomlinson testifies over Sweet Briar College closing

Mayor Tomlinson testifies in Virginia

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A local mayor is at the center of a legal fight over her alma mater and there are new developments in that case.

The Commonwealth of Virginia filed a lawsuit to halt plans to close Sweet Briar College, the all-women's college that Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson attended.

The state claimed the school kept accepting gifts even as the interim president planned to shut its doors soon.

The court ruled in favor of the state, forcing the school to stop spending money raised.

Mayor Tomlinson was in Virginia to testify. The lawsuit specifically mentions a large gift from her.

"They accepted the gift, and then wrote a letter, thanking us for participating in future generations of education of Sweet Briar women, then 15 days later, closed the school. That was critical evidence in the state's case against the college," Mayor Tomlinson stated."

Mayor Tomlinson and her husband had just executed their wills, planning to leave a $1 million estate gift to Sweet Briar College.

She's hoping the school will stay open, and says the next push is to replace the school's board and president.

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