The Renewable Nations Institute, a non-profit organization premised on a formal commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Energy for ALL initiative, is in negotiations with the board of trustees at St. Joe’s to explore a mutually beneficial plan which would allow the college to continue to teach students and make the campus the permanent home of the RNI.
RNI’s President Allan E. Bauer told the Rensselaer Republican that, pending the outcome of an agreement, there will be an official announcement about the scope and the nature of the partnership in the next few weeks.
“We’re closely evaluating opportunities that are presented to us within a developing relationship,” he said.
He said that after exploring the options with about 80 colleges since 2009 — and getting close to an agreement with four of them — he is convinced that a partnership with St. Joe is the right fit.
Jennifer Dzwonar, a managing principal at Borshoff, the public relations firm representing the college, confirmed that even prior to the decision to suspend operations on Feb. 3, the school has been exploring all possibilities to rectify its financial issues.
“On February 10, 2017, Saint Joseph’s College was contacted by Allan Baer about the potential for a partnership with the Renewable Nations Institute,” Dzwonar said in an email to the Republican. “Since that time, the College has been in discussions about both the extent and nature of a potential partnership. We are still in the early stages of those discussions.”
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