RENSSELAER – Those left to salvage new life for Saint Joseph’s College, a liberal arts school shuttered in 2017 under the weight of millions of dollars in debt and an accreditation about to lapse, hinted in April that hope for the Rensselaer campus might be found through Marian University.
In notes to alumni, still frustrated by the unanswered questions about why their alma mater closed, Fr. Barry Fischer, St. Joe’s rector and part of the 127-year-old school’s “Phoenix Team,” said the college’s aim was to restart in some fashion as a two-year program.
Part of that, Fischer told the J&C at the time, hinged on a partnership with Marian, a fellow Catholic school in Indianapolis and a spot where 80 of the 900 St. Joe’s students looking to finish their degrees wound up in time for the fall 2017 semester.
“Understand,” Fischer said, tempering expectations then, “we’re in the initial stages.”
Wednesday afternoon, Fischer and Daniel Elsener, Marian University president, took the wraps off an agreement that puts the St. Joe name – along with $1.5 million in St. Joe scholarship money – toward a two-year college Marian plans to open in July 2019 near the Indianapolis campus.
The two-year school will be called Saint Joseph’s College of Marian University-Indianapolis.