FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 9, 2017
CONTACT: Kathleen Spigelmyer
Assistant to the President and General Counsel
Chestnut Hill College files petition with the PA Supreme Court
to appeal Commonwealth Court decision
PHILADELPHIA—Chestnut Hill College is filing this petition with the PA Supreme Court because this case involves issues that go to the core of the institution’s Catholic identity and the nature of its relationship to the Church. In our view, the decision of the Commonwealth Court points to a core misunderstanding of Catholic educational institutions and their relationship to the Catholic Church, whose identity and mission they share.
In its decision, the Court left the door open for the College to revisit its interpretation of the nature of Catholic colleges and universities as distinctly private. We believe that the opinion compels the College to appeal, and we are heartened in this effort to enjoy the support of the ACCU.
About Chestnut Hill College
Celebrating more than 90 years of tradition, Chestnut Hill College is a four-year, coed Catholic college in the Ignatian tradition that offers a traditional liberal arts undergraduate program as well as accelerated undergraduate degrees, master’s and doctoral programs. The College has been rated by US News & World Report as among the best master’s universities in the North, as among the best Northeastern colleges by The Princeton Review, and has been classified as selective by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
Since 1924, the College has offered a rigorous curriculum that provides students with a broad background in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. The goal of Chestnut Hill College has been to prepare students for life’s challenges by helping them to grow intellectually, spiritually, emotionally and socially. http://www.chc.edu/