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Mid-South Community College, ASU Boards Set Date to Consider Merger


WEST MEMPHIS — Arkansas State University System President Charles L. Welch and Mid-South Community College President Glen Fenter today said progress continues toward a merger agreement between the two entities.

Both the ASU Board of Trustees and the MSCC Board of Trustees have scheduled meetings on Jan. 9 to consider the plan. Details about location and times have not been finalized.

“Discussions with constituents have been positive and productive,” Welch said. “We haven’t identified any major issues. Dr. Fenter and his team have done an excellent job of outlining their expectations and vision for the institution, and we’re enthusiastic about the system’s ability to help them achieve their goals in education and workforce training.”

Welch and Fenter said that if approved by the boards, the merger would be effective July 1 following approval of the Higher Learning Commission.

“This would give us ample time to work together through the legislative session and budget planning for next year,” Fenter said. “We are all confident that we can execute a smooth transition.”

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