JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says the
state should consider merging some of its universities to save
Barbour, in announcing his budget recommendations Monday, said
Mississippi University for Women should merge with nearby
Mississippi State University and that Alcorn State and Mississippi
Valley State be merged into Jackson State.
Barbour said none of the campuses would close.
The Democratic chairman of the House Universities and Colleges
Committee, Rep. Kelvin Buck, opposes the Republican governor's
proposal. Buck says Mississippi would hurt its own economic future
by limiting higher education.
Barbour's consolidation proposal is part of his suggested budget
for the fiscal year that begins next July 1.