The University of Dubuque is dropping plans for expanding its campus to Sitka, Alaska. The Iowa school has been talking with trustees of the Sheldon Jackson College, a fellow Presbyterian school which had closed for financial reasons. University of Dubuque president, Jeffrey Bullock, says they have decided things won’t work

Bullock says they are disappointed they couldn’t come to an agreement on a program after investing a couple of years in the discussion. Bullock sent a letter to the trustees in Alaska today which says expectations of the two groups differ significantly.

“Ultimately we came to the conclusion that what the Sheldon Jackson board was looking for was not what we felt comfortable delivering,” Bullock says. Bullock says he presented a proposal calling for financial and political support from the city of Sitka, Alaska — but that proposal wasn’t supported by Sitka.