STATE HOUSE: MUSC board rejects CofC merger proposal

Posted by ANDREW SHAIN on February 13, 2014 

Interim MUSC President Mark Sothmann speaks to a House budget subcommittee about the potential merger of MUSC with the College of Charleston.

ADAM BEAM — abeam@thestate.com

Medical University of South Carolina trustees voted unanimously Thursday on a resolution opposing a merger with the College of Charleston proposed by state legislators, a school spokeswoman said.

If approved, the bill introduced in the S.C. House would combine the schools to create Charleston University by 2016.

MUSC leadership has expressed heavy reservations about losing the medical school's identity in creating the state's third large research university. The interim president also told lawmakers that the merger talk is hurting the search for a successor.

One MUSC trustee, Michael Stavrinakis, abstained in the vote Thursday. His brother, Leon, is a state representative who was one of the main co-sponsors of the merger bill.

The College of Charleston board has not taken a formal stand on the merger. Outgoing school president George Benson has backed combining the Holy City colleges to help create a larger economic driver in the Lowcountry.

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