Wells College's board of trustees voted Oct. 2 to admit men as students, despite protests, petitions, and transfer requests. The board's decision and similar decisions at former single-sex colleges (Kirkland College, Clinton; Cazenovia College, Cazenovia; Nazareth College, Rochester; and Keuka College, near Penn Yan) were featured in the Oct. 3 Syracuse Post-Standard article “Adding men to a women's college changes the dynamics.”
Kathy Regan, director of alumnae relations, was quoted on the survival of William Smith College as an all-women's college.
“We're a hybrid,” she said. “On the surface, it looks and moves like a coed place. But William Smith students have dug their heels in to preserve unique traditions.”
“That they've managed to stay a single-sex college for this long is fabulous,” said Regan of Wells. “But I met a woman the other day who was wondering, 'When the heck are they (Wells) going to go coed, because their numbers have been so bad?'”