Parnell wants ideas on Sheldon Jackson College

Posted: Thursday, June 10, 2010

JUNEAU - Gov. Sean Parnell wants ideas for how a shuttered private college in southeast Alaska can be used to "benefit Alaskans."

This follows the University of Dubuque's decision to walk away from talks over Sheldon Jackson College in Sitka, citing lack of community support.

Parnell acknowledged in a Facebook posting Wednesday that any decision on the campus' fate rests with its board. But he said he wants to generate "ideas and opportunities."

The school was founded in 1878 as a training school for Alaska Natives. It evolved into an open-admissions junior college and into one of Alaska's few private colleges. Part of the campus is considered a national historic landmark.

The school closed in 2007 amid financial problems.

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