The College of Saints John Fisher & Thomas More

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The College of Saints John Fisher & Thomas More
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Motto Deum Cognoscere Diligere Servire[1]
Motto in English "To Know, To Love, and To Serve God" [1]
Established 1981[2]
Type Private
Religious affiliation Catholic Church
President Michael G. King[3]
Location Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Campus Urban, "university district"[4]
Website fishermore.edu
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The College of Saints John Fisher & Thomas More (commonly Fisher More College or Fisher More Catholic College) is a private Catholic liberal arts college based in Fort Worth, Texas.[5] The school had been endorsed by The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College. It lost its lease on May 31, 2014, and moved out. There were no plans to reopen. [6]

Academic degrees[edit]

Fisher More College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.[7] It awarded a Bachelor of Arts and an Associate degree.[8]

The college offered various concentrations in each of their BA degrees: Theology, Philosophy, Literature, History, Classical Studies, Economics & Finance, and General B.A. in Liberal Arts.[9]

History[edit]

The college was founded in 1981 as the Saint Thomas More Institute, became The College of Saint Thomas More in 1991, and assumed its current name in June 2012.[2] The Fisher More campus was adjacent to the Texas Christian University campus before the College moved to a new location a few blocks from TCU prior to the 2013-14 school year.[10]

Fisher More Academy, an online Catholic homeschooling-oriented school serving elementary, junior high, and high school students, is still located on the Fisher More campus as well.[11]

Criticisms[edit]

Former Chancellor Taylor Marshall criticized the college. He stated that, "Mr. King, after selling the original FMC campus to Texas Christian University for millions of dollars, had imprudently entered into a real estate deal that financially crippled Fisher More College." [12]

On March 6, 2014, college President Michael King refuted Marshall's statements, citing reasons why such large financial decisions were made. King stated that, "Missing from his unfortunate public narrative are many other important facts that are now available in our published statement. As we mention therein, Dr. Marshall’s allegations unjustly implicate and calumniate other former colleagues of his on the staff and Board, all of whom treated him well and did nothing to deserve this." [13]

Michael King said that the college could be shut down if their mission ended. The school is currently fighting Bishop Olson for rights to say the Catholic Mass in extraordinary form of the Roman Rite.[citation needed]

Financial Problems[edit]

The school faced a major financial crisis since 2013 that threatened its existence.[14] On March 18, 2014, Victory Arts Management sued the college. The plaintiff claims that Fisher More College has not paid their debts which includes rent, taxes, utilities, etc.[15]

Shutdown[edit]

In May 2014, the college announced due to their financial problems, they would be shut down. Students had to move out by May 31st. Though President King did not say the college would be permanently shut down, he did say that the Latin Mass was a huge part of their mission and without it they could not go on. The school has been shut down.[16]

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