‘Stabbed in the heart’: Stockton’s Showboat campus in jeopardy, university president says

Stockton University purchased the Showboat in December. - (AARON HOUSTON)

Stockton University purchased the Showboat in December. – (AARON HOUSTON)

By Joshua Burd for NJBIZ

Stockton University’s plans to open a satellite campus at the former Showboat casino in Atlantic City are in danger of collapsing, its president said Tuesday, thanks to an ongoing dispute between Trump Taj Mahal and Caesars Entertainment over how the site can be used.

“With immense sadness, I am announcing today that Stockton University’s efforts to create a residential branch campus in Atlantic City have reached a stalemate,” Stockton President Herman Saatkamp said in a prepared statement. “Stockton tried to establish a full campus in Atlantic City six times during my tenure as president and got kicked in the teeth each time. This time, we were stabbed in the heart.”

The Galloway-based institution has had high hopes for opening a so-called Island Campus at the shuttered hotel and gaming hall, following its $18 million purchase of the property from Caesars in December. The plan had broad support among local and state officials, thanks to its potential to create jobs and serve as an economic bright spot in the struggling resort town where four casinos closed last year.

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