The Buzz

February 13, 2014

STATE HOUSE: MUSC board rejects CofC merger proposal

The Buzz

A blog from The State's political team of Cassie Cope, Jamie Self and Andy Shain. Email tips to thebuzz@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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