Manhattanville Named Legacy Teach Out Partner for Wells College

April 29, 2024
Students sitting under trees on campus at Manhattanville
Students sitting under trees on campus at Manhattanville

PURCHASE, NY – Wells College and Manhattanville University are proud to announce that Manhattanville University in Purchase, NY, has been named as the legacy teach-out partner for Wells College. This partnership further ensures that the legacy and educational mission of Wells College will continue to thrive. This strategic partnership is aimed at fostering academic excellence and community spirit, as well as preserving the proud traditions of both institutions.

The key elements in the legacy teach-out partnership include the following considerations:

Manhattanville is highly committed to the sustained preservation of the Wells College legacy. Wells and Manhattanville have expressed their intent to develop a legacy agreement that will seek ways to integrate the Wells College name and history into the Manhattanville community.

Wells College appreciates the future opportunities to create an endowed chair and scholarships at Manhattanville, which will reflect the respect for the academic standards and community values that Wells embodies.

Manhattanville is developing a dedicated housing community for Wells students, ensuring the spirit of camaraderie and community endures. Manhattanville will also create a ‘Wells Student Advisory Board’ which will further develop pathways for former Wells students to provide feedback and input directly to the President, key administrators, and campus leaders.

The Manhattanville Board of Trustees will consider selected board members from Wells College to sit on the Manhattanville board. This further blending of the institutions affords Manhattanville the wisdom and experience of both institutions.

"We've always been committed to providing our students with a rich educational experience, and this partnership with Manhattanville is a testament to our dedication to our students' future success,” said Jonathan Gibralter, president of Wells College. “I’m grateful to President Sánchez for the collaboration which will create new avenues for academic and personal growth for our students and be home for our alumnae/alumni where the history of Wells College can be further enshrined.” 

"Manhattanville University is deeply honored to be given the awesome responsibility to support the Wells College community during this difficult time of transition,” said Frank Sánchez, Ph.D., president of Manhattanville University. “We are committed to making this transition seamless and successful, upholding Wells College's name and cherished traditions. Our commitment is not only to continuity but also to the advancement of a shared heritage that has long been dedicated to the empowerment of students."

This partnership heralds a new chapter for Wells students at Manhattanville. This collaboration promises to offer an enriched academic environment and a nurturing community for all students, faculty, and alumni alike.

About Manhattanville University:

Manhattanville University is a private liberal arts institution dedicated to academic excellence, purposeful education, and social responsibility. For three years in a row, “U.S. News and World Report” has ranked Manhattanville the number one private, non-profit institution in New York among Top Performers of Social Mobility in Regional Universities North. Located 30 miles from New York City on a 100-acre suburban campus in the heart of Westchester County, Manhattanville enables easy access to entertainment offerings, educational resources, and business opportunities for its primarily residential and diverse student body. The university serves more than 1,300 undergraduate students and nearly 1,000 graduate students from more than 44 countries and 33 states. Founded in 1841, the university offers more than 75 undergraduate and graduate areas of study in the arts and sciences, education, nursing and health sciences, business, and creative writing, as well as continuing and executive education programs. Graduate students can choose from more than 70 graduate and certificate programs. Extracurricular offerings include more than 45 clubs and activities and 24 NCAA Division III teams. 

About Wells College:

The mission of Wells College is to educate students to think critically, reason wisely, and act humanely as they cultivate meaningful lives. Through Wells’ academic program, residential atmosphere, and community activities, students learn and practice the ideals of the liberal arts. The Wells experience prepares students to appreciate complexity and difference, to embrace new ways of knowing, to be creative, and to respond ethically to the interdependent worlds to which they belong. Committed to excellence in all areas of its reach, Wells College equips students for lifelong learning and for sharing the privileges of education with others.