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N.H. Catholic college plans move to Groton


Thomas More College of Liberal Arts president Dr. William Fahey poses near stables and horse pens on the property being developed in Groton as the new home of the college's undergraduate program. Pilot photo/Christopher S. Pineo

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GROTON -- High school sophomores looking to attend a Catholic college within the Archdiocese of Boston could have one more option to consider by the time they graduate.

Thomas More College of Liberal Arts began renovating and preparing a plot of land in Groton, after purchasing it last April, to become home and site of the first new Catholic college in the Archdiocese of Boston in almost 50 years.

With the land purchased by the school and the sewerage extension approved by the town last month, the new campus stands ready to become the first new Catholic college in the archdiocese since the Sisters of Mercy established Marian Court College in 1964.

Thomas More College president, Dr. William Fahey said the move could take place as soon as 2014 or perhaps closer to 2019, depending on when the college secures funding for the project. At that time the undergraduate programs will migrate from the college's current Merrimack, N.H. campus.

The current home of the college, a 12-acre site, houses around 80 students as compared to the 35 acre site in Groton.

According to Fahey, the board of trustees at the college approved the plan to expand the student body to 300, which should also increase revenues for the school.

Fahey said the Merrimack campus will then become the home of a graduate studies program for St. Thomas More College of Liberal Arts.

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