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William Peace University Welcomes Men To Class

Classes begin today at William Peace University in Raleigh. Men are taking their seats as undergraduates at the school for the first time.

Gurnal Scott: Male students moved in this past weekend at the former Peace College. Enrollment for the incoming class is said to be one-third men. The decision to admit men was made by the school's board of trustees before the summer of 2011. Todd Robinson, chair of the school's trustee board at the time of the change, cited several reasons for the decision in an article for the News and Observer last August. He said as enrollment opportunities increased at co-ed schools, women's colleges began dying out from more than 200 in the 1950's to less than 50 in 2010. He also cited difficulty in increasing women-only enrollment at Peace. The end of the 155-year-old all-women tradition at William Peace University leaves nearby Meredith College as the only college for women in Raleigh.

Gurnal Scott joined North Carolina Public Radio in March 2012 after several stops in radio and television. After graduating from the College of Charleston in his South Carolina hometown, he began his career in radio there. He started as a sports reporter at News/Talk Radio WTMA and won five Sportscaster of the Year awards. In 1997, Gurnal moved on to television as general assignment reporter and weekend anchor for WCSC-TV in Charleston. He anchored the market's top-rated weekend newscasts until leaving Charleston for Memphis, TN in 2002. Gurnal worked at WPTY-TV for two years before returning to his roots in radio. He joined the staff of Memphis' NewsRadio 600 WREC in 2004 eventually rising to News Director. In 2006, Raleigh news radio station WPTF came calling and he became the station's chief correspondent. Gurnal’s reporting has been honored by the South Carolina Broadcasters Association, the North Carolina Associated Press, and the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas.
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