Lowcountry lawmakers are trying to marry the College of Charleston and the Medical University of South Carolina to create a larger research university, like the University of South Carolina and Clemson University.
From The (Charleston) Post and Courier:
A small group of state legislators plans to push forward a bill to create a research university in the Lowcountry, despite resistance from the head of the Medical University of South Carolina's Board of Trustees.
State Rep. Jim Merrill, R-Charleston, said he and other Lowcountry lawmakers plan to file legislation in the upcoming session to begin the process of merging the College of Charleston with MUSC.
There's a great deal of support for the plan in the community, Merrill said. Business leaders are on board, he said, and the city of Charleston as well as Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester county leaders are receptive. And the College of Charleston has been working to make the plan a reality, he said.
But MUSC is proving to be a roadblock. "The most difficult group to deal with right now is MUSC's board," Merrill said. "We have been less than impressed with the majority of the board's willingness to discuss this issue."