Morthland College to eliminate athletic program | West Frankfort

WEST FRANKFORT — During a closed door meeting of its board of trustees Wednesday, Morthland College decided to eliminate its athletic program.

Leigh Caldwell, public relations and marketing director for Morthland College, confirmed the decision Thursday. She provided a statement from the board, which cited delayed government funding as the reason for the decision.

“… the Board of Trustees has made the decision to transition our athletic programs to club programs only,” the statement read. The board hopes the decision will ease the financial burden on the rest of the college.

“This move will dramatically reduce our costs, as we work to make the region’s only faith-based college accessible to as many Southern Illinois students as possible,” the board said in the statement.

Caldwell said because the college is private, their board meetings are closed to the public. She was unable to provide information on how the board voted, if it was unanimous or split.

According to its website, the college offered baseball, basketball, football, volleyball and softball. It also lists more than 20 staff members in its athletic department.

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This announcement comes just weeks after the surprise resignation of recently appointed college President Glenn Poshard after just two months on the job. Among his reasons for leaving were financial difficulties not disclosed to him prior to accepting the job. In a media release, Poshard said the financial difficulties would need to be resolved by someone other than himself. During an emergency board meeting called the day Poshard resigned, the board asked Dr. Tim Morthland to return as president, a…

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