“Unfortunately, the feeling from other alumnae with whom I’ve spoken is that there is very little trust in the board or the administration to maintain Salem’s women college status,” Webb’s email read, according to the Journal.
Charles Blixt, who chairs the 31-member board of trustees called Webb’s concerns meritless.
“The board will not consider becoming a coed institution,” he told the Journal. “This is the oldest women’s college in the country, and we intend to remain so.”
Unlike some other women’s colleges, Salem College doesn’t have an official transgender policy.
“I don’t know whether we will decide on anything or develop a policy on transgender students,” Blixt said, adding that the trustees have no timetable for making any decision.
Gender-based discrimination is illegal at colleges and universities in the United States under Title IX, a portion of a 1972 federal law. However, religious schools are exempted from certain parts of the law.
Salem College remains affiliated with the Moravian Church in America.