MONTREAT — As Montreat College supporters scramble to raise money for the school, a letter has surfaced indicating that at least one member of the college’s board of trustees discussed the college leaving Montreat.
The college board of trustees meets Tuesday evening. That’s also the deadline for college supporters to raise $2 million.
But questions about the college’s future remain, and they may be hampering the fundraising efforts.
“I would say alumni have expressed that concern as to what is going to happen,” said Willie Mangum, president of the Montreat College Alumni Board.
Some of those questions stem from a letter written Dec. 27 to Billy Mitchell, a member of the Montreat College board of trustees.
That letter is from Pete Peery, president of the Mountain Retreat Association. The association does business as Montreat Conference Center. The college grew out of the conference center, and the two organizations have an agreement outlining their relationship.
Part of that agreement says the college and the conference center’s association “will continue their affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Each party agrees that it will not become governed by, subject to nor owned by any religious denomination other than the Presbyterian Church (USA) without the consent of the other party.”