Quotes on MUW-Miss. State merger proposal

Statement from MUW President Claudia A. Limbert

"MUW realizes the economic challenges facing the state and higher education. In an effort to address the projected budget cuts outlined in Governor Barbour’s proposed budget, the university is developing measures that will provide a pathway out of budget cuts and ensure the future success of this university.

One part of that proposal, which has already been acted upon by the university, is a request to the College Board to change the name of MUW, which would serve as a catalyst needed to make significant changes at this institution for future enrollment growth.

As for the governor’s proposal, there is little support for merger in the Legislature, according to local legislators, no explanation provided of merger details and no clear evidence that merger would result in significant savings for the state. A merger would have a negative impact on the community, region as well as state.

MUW has been recognized by leading publications, more recently by U.S.News & World Report for its strong commitment to teaching, and will continue to strive for academic excellence to meet the needs of students."

Statement from Dr. Mark Keenum, the president of Mississippi State University:

“In these difficult times, we understand there will be many recommendations for increased efficiencies and effective use of resources. We have been working hard to make adjustments at Mississippi State that will allow us to respond to the current serious economic conditions while meeting efficiency directives set forth by IHL. The Governor’s new merger proposal will ultimately be decided by IHL and the Mississippi Legislature.”

Read more in Tuesday’s NEMS Daily Journal newspaper.