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University Backs Out Of Deal For Free Campus

An Arizona college has backed out of a deal   for a free 217 acre campus in western Massachusetts.  WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports

   Just five weeks after Grand Canyon University was named recipient of the Northfield Mount Herman School campus a  spokesman confirmed the deal is off.  The for-profit Christian college had planned to spend $150 million to eventually host  5,000 students. But the spokesman said further review uncovered tens of millions of dollars in extra costs and he said there was significant  local resistance .  Steve Green, whose family owns the campus said they were disheartened by the decision, but would begin a new search to give away the property.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.