College officials may face subpoenas from panel on closure

BOSTON — The head of a legislative committee says subpoenas could be issued to top officials of Massachusetts’ Mount Ida College after they declined to appear at an oversight hearing on the school’s closing.

Democratic Sen. Kathleen O’Connor Ives said it was “very, very disappointing” that the college’s president, Barry Brown, and chief financial officer Jason Potts were not present for Wednesday’s hearing.

The chairwoman of Mt. Ida’s board of trustees, Carmin Reiss, was left to answer pointed questions from the Senate Post Audit and Oversight Committee about whether students and faculty at the small Newton campus were misled about the extent of financial problems that led to last month’s closing announcement. Reiss said there was no deception.

The University of Massachusetts-Amherst has announced plans to purchase the school’s assets for about $75 million.