Deal off: Westminster Choir College will not be sold to Chinese education company Kaiwen

Posted on: July 2, 2019

“July 1, 2019 was supposed to be the day that the prestigious music school Westminster Choir College, in Princeton, N.J., was sold to a for-profit company that is based in Beijing and partly owned by the Chinese government,” writes Anastasia Tsioulcas on Monday (7/1) at National Public Radio. “Instead, that company, Kaiwen Education, and Rider University, which folded WCC into its holdings in the 1990s, announced on Monday that they had ‘mutually agreed’ that the sale would not go forward. Instead, Rider, which is located in the nearby town of Lawrenceville, says that its board has approved a plan to move the college’s programs to its own campus. The planned sale to Kaiwen was controversial from the start, and spurred two lawsuits … that sought to block the Kaiwen’s purchase.… (Sophia Strong Taylor, who donated the Princeton campus to WCC in the 1930s, stipulated that if WCC ever ceased in its mission, which includes training future music ministers for Christian churches, that the property would revert to the seminary.) [Rider’s] board has voted to move WCC to its own campus beginning in September 2020, despite the conditions of the Taylor donation and the attorney general’s opinion.” 

Posted July 2, 2019