WAXHAW – South Piedmont Community College and Wingate University politely broke up with Waxhaw in a letter sent to Mayor Stephen Maher.
Waxhaw leaders sought to collaborate with the colleges in hopes of attracting a satellite campus offering associate, bachelor’s and master’s classes and park amenities to town property.
Plans to start work on a six-month feasibility study were set to begin Jan. 8, but then came the letter.
“We appreciate the opportunity to explore such a novel concept of partnership between higher education and a municipality with the end goal of producing mutual benefit for all parties through respectful collaboration,” SPCC President Maria Pharr wrote to Maher. “However, rather than move forward with the study as originally requested, we have decided to focus the study on a partnership between South Piedmont Community College and Wingate University and re-examine locations across western Union County.”
Some residents have expressed concern about the transparency of the collaboration and potentially losing parkland at Waxhaw-Marvin Road to the venture.