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MUSC and College of Charleston talk possible merger

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The College of Charleston spokesperson Mike Robertson issued a statement Tuesday regarding discussion about a possible merger between MUSC and College of Charleston.

Here is the statement from College of Charleston:

Representatives from the College of Charleston and the Medical University of South Carolina have formed an informal committee to study new and expanded opportunities for collaboration between the two universities. The institutions will review the ways in which they already work together and will consider new possibilities for collaboration.
 
The concept of a merger between the College of Charleston and MUSC has been raised in various discussions over the past three decades.

In any discussions of increased collaboration between the two institutions, the idea of a merger emerges as one possibility. 

President Benson has mentioned different possibilities for the future of the College of Charleston in various speaking engagements over the past several months, including combining forces with MUSC.  

Charleston Mayor Joe Riley issued the following statement on the discussions:

Successful regions, now and in  the future, must necessarily have comprehensive post- graduate studies and  research facilities in their communities. 

The College of Charleston and the Medical University of South Carolina have many of the necessary components now.  A formal relationship on the graduate level between the schools would create a strong economic engine that would add a new dynamic for Charleston's competitive edge and continued growth. 

My feeling is that the merger of the schools would not change the character and culture of the two institutions and, in fact, would strengthen them.  They are poised to do great things in the future and if combined, they would be even stronger.

 

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