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Saint Bonaventure and Hilbert College explore a closer alliance

HAMBURG — Saint Bonaventure University and Hilbert College, Franciscan institutions in New York, will explore options to build on their 20-year partnership and to enhance student access, opportunities and experience.

The boards of trustees of both institutions have approved a feasibility study, to determine if the two institutions should expand their collaboration in academic programs, facilities and operational practices.

The two campuses are approximately 60 miles apart in Western New York. St. Bonaventure has offered graduate programs on the campus of Hilbert College in a weekend format, for the past two decades.

The boards authorized the study that could lead to a strategic plan for “some form of further strategic alliance” between the two institutions.

“While the feasibility analysis is a ‘discovery process,’ we wouldn’t be investing in this effort if we didn’t think there were likely some ways in which St. Bonaventure and Hilbert College could collaborate more closely and achieve greater synergies,” said Sister Margaret Carney O.S.F., S.T.D, the president of St. Bonaventure, and Cynthia Zane, Ed.D, president of Hilbert College, in a joint statement.

The presidents said that the purpose of this study is to serve the needs of “students who deserve the very best higher education experience we can provide.”

Carney and Zane added that they want their institutions to embrace change. “Higher education has to do more to create synergies between institutions to drive program and curriculum innovation, attract top students and faculty, keep rising costs in check, and offer life-changing educational opportunities,” they said.

“We must and will be prudent, inclusive and thorough in our considerations,” said Gretchen Wylegala, the board chair of Hilbert College. “We are eager to identify opportunities to expand our long-standing and successful partnership with St. Bonaventure.”
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