Bacone to remain open

Bacone to remain open
(DeLaune/MN) A press conference was held at Bacone College June 15, to announce that the college would remain open.

Several sport programs to be cut

Darren DeLaune/Reporter

MUSKOGEE, Oklahoma — A press conference was held at Bacone College June 15, in Muskogee.

Bacone Board of Trustees Chairman Kenneth Adams said the institution will remain open but it will have reduced staff and faculty.

“That was the major part of the announcement,” he said.

Bacone President Dr. Ferlin Clark said he walked into a storm about four weeks ago but, as Native people do, he took it as a challenge.

“I took it as an opportunity to help bring Bacone back,” he said. “It’s been a really tough situation.”

Clark said since he has been there, a lot of the executive team has left, resigned or been laid off.

“I’ve been working really diligent to break down the financials,” Clark said.

Clark said Bacone is a 138-year-old institution.

“The first institution of Oklahoma,” he said. “I know a lot of Native people love this institution.”

In another announcement, Bacone Commons was sold for $3.5 million.

“It will take time to close out those agreements,” Adams said. “It certainly gives us an option to do things we weren’t able to do until this purchase agreement was made.”

Bacone also announced there would be several cuts to their athletic programs.

Football, rodeo, wrestling and cheerleading would no longer be offered, while basketball, baseball, softball, soccer and volleyball will remain.

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