Rider University delays sale of Westminster Choir College to Chinese company

Westminster Choir College’s Williamson Hall in Princeton, NJ. (Provided)

Westminster Choir College’s Williamson Hall in Princeton, NJ. (Provided)

The sale of a New Jersey music college to a Chinese company has been delayed after the state said it needs more information before it recommends that a court accept or reject the deal.

Rider University last year announced an agreement to sell Westminster Choir College to subsidiaries of Beijing-based Kaiwen Education.

Two lawsuits oppose the sale. One alleges it violates a 1990s merger between the two schools and could lead to the music school’s closing.

The attorney general’s office said in a report Wednesday Rider hasn’t fully answered questions including the reasons for the sale, what it will do with the proceeds and whether a foreign conglomerate is an appropriate buyer.

A Rider spokeswoman says the school is reviewing the report and will respond to the issues it raises.

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