St. Mary's College in turmoil

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St. Mary's College of Maryland, which for years has enjoyed a reputation as a gem among the state's public institutions, finds itself on the defensive as a projected admissions shortfall has come to light, the president has resigned and an outspoken education critic has taken aim at the school.

It's an uncomfortable position that has led alumni, staff and board members to wage a public relations campaign, writing letters to the editor and issuing statements, to protect the school's standing.

On Tuesday, the college's Board of Trustees announced that President Joseph R. Urgo had asked that his contract not be renewed for "personal and professional reasons."

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