Wiregrass Family Speaks Out Amidst Birmingham Southern College Closure

WEBB, Ala. (WDHN) — Andalusia native Mollie Furr is a freshman at Birmingham Southern College, where she is a star softball player and scholar athlete.

Her father, Dr. Willie Furr, said the school’s closure will make Mollie start over and put her athletic experience in jeopardy.

“It’s very depressing because we thought in no way, shape or form would the state of Alabama allow this prestigious college that’s been here for 169 years to shutter its doors,” he said.

BSC announced its closure Tuesday after the school failed to secure a business-saving loan in the state legislature.

Their board of trustees then unanimously voted to close, effective May 31.

“Last year, the education trust fund chair supported it. That’s huge to have the chair of the education trust fund on board. Well, you did not have him board this year, and that’s problematic”, said State Rep. Juandalynn Givan (D-Birmingham).

Willie said the school is a “life-changing experience” that offers something for everyone. It’s also where he hopes to send his other daughter, maggie.

“BSC has embraced everyone,” he said. “It doesn’t matter if you come from poverty, if you’re well to do, there’s a place for everyone at that school.”

But now, Willie says, they’re in uncharted territory.

Closing the school, he believes, would be a mistake.

“I think Alabama will be forever changed,” he said. “There will never be another BSC. And if this goes through, like everyone says it is, you know, shame on Alabama. We’re really disappointed”

Lawmakers continue to work on solutions to keep the college open, while school personnel continue to help affected students.

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