Fighting to Save Mills
for Future Generations
#SaveMills is a coalition of alums, students, staff, faculty and community who have organized to save Mills after the College leadership's sudden decision to close the historic women's college on March 17 last year. This announcement was followed less than 2 months later by a secretive and equally sudden decision to sell off the still-viable College and all its assets to Northeastern University, ending its 170-year history as a women's college.
The administration claims it's doing this because it's "broke", however Mills endowment was valued at $226M in its last audit, and grew by over $39M in the last year alone. Mills’ revenues grew from $54 million in 2019 to $67 million in 2020. According to US Department of Education data, among the 136 private nonprofit colleges with similar enrollment size in the United States - Mills’ revenue ranked 8th highest.
This "deal" would destroy Mills College - but net Northeastern University billions of dollars in Mills' assets and property, all just for paying off Mills' very small level of debt of around $30M.
Please support our fight to stop this hostile takeover in higher-education - and help us hold this administration accountable! It’s NOT over. We are engaged in a legal, lobbying and PR fight and are determined to bring light to what is happening. We demand an investigation of the leadership of Mills and a halt to this unethical and illegal acquisition.The Save Mills College Coalition was formed the night of March 17, 2021, after the College leadership's sudden decision to close the historic women's college that day. This announcement was followed less than 2 months later by a secretive decision to sell off the still-viable College and all its assets to Northeastern University, ending Mills' 170-year history as a women's college.
This "deal" would totally destroy Mills College - but net Northeastern University billions of dollars in Mills' assets and property, all just for paying off Mills' very small level of debt of around $30M.
Please support our fight to stop the hostile takeover in higher-education - and help us hold this administration accountable! It’s NOT over. We are fighting to bring light to what is happening. We demand an investigation of the leadership of Mills and a halt to this unethical and illegal acquisition.
Since 1852, Mills College has made us possible.
We are fighting to keep it that way.
What is Happening TO MILLS
During her tenure, President Hillman bloated administrative spending until it exceeded all other budgets, even the budget for instruction - despite declaring a financial emergency.
In the K-12 system in many states, this would be illegal. All while Mills’ faculty have been denied a cost-of-living increase for over a decade.
Further, Hillman’s administration carelessly overspent - by millions - on external contractors, far above rates that colleges right next door pay for similar services. The Trustees have also not even tried to refinance Mills’ debt in many years, which would save the College millions.
The truth is - Mills can be saved and its deficit more than corrected just with cuts in administrative and auxiliary enterprises spending.
Based on audits and tax filings, Dr. Hendricks talks about Mills’ spending irregularities and their solutions - and gives important perspective on how Mills compares to peer colleges across the US. The series of Dr. Hendricks' videos is available on our YouTube channel.
Matthew Hendricks, Ph.D. is Chair of the Department of Economics at the University of Tulsa. After watching his own university struggle, he made it his mission to uncover the reasons smaller colleges are in peril and to create true solutions.
The Northeastern deal is NOT a "Merger"
It’s an Acquisition.
This isn’t an equitable merger like President Hillman claims. Mills College is being absorbed by Northeastern, which is described in the merger agreement as the “surviving entity.” It’s an outright GIVEAWAY of all Mills' assets, and if this deal goes through, nothing of Mills will survive.
The Timeline of Events.
Just seven years before President Hillman's closure announcement, Mills College was having its highest enrollment numbers in history.
Learn what happened between then - and now.
“Let it be understood that Mills College is not a private institution, but that it belongs to the young women of California and of the world.”
Susan T. Mills, Last Living Will and Testament, 1911
About the Save Mills College Coalition
The Save Mills College Coalition believes that Mills College, founded in 1852 as an independent, historic women’s liberal arts college located in the heart of Oakland, California, has long been and must continue to be an irreplaceable educational resource.
Our ongoing purpose is to preserve Mills’ 170-year mission of educating and empowering women - to nurture Mills' unique, independent identity and broad educational focus - and to restore the college to financial viability with sound leadership and the needed resources to continue serving its historic mission for generations to come.