Merger of 3 east Alabama colleges postponed


OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — Officials say the proposed merger of three two-year colleges in eastern Alabama is being postponed indefinitely.

Local papers report the decision was announced Thursday on conference calls for workers at Southern Union State Community College, Chattahoochee Valley Community College and Central Alabama Community College.

The interim president at Southern Union, Glenda Colagross, told workers the timing isn’t right for a merger. The presidents of the other two schools made similar announcements.

No detailed reason was given for the decision.

Trustees of the Alabama Community College System approved the consolidations last year, but the merger already has been delayed once before.

The newspapers say a planned merger involving four south Alabama community colleges is moving ahead. Those include Faulkner State, Reid State, Jefferson Davis and Alabama Southern.

“The East Alabama merger is pausing with no time table at this time.  Slowing down the process will let us work with U.S. DOE, SACSCOC, and ACHE to satisfy their requirements, and to work with the legislature to pass needed board legislation to allow us to move forward with full consolidation plans. By doing this, it will allow us to make this process as smooth as possible for the backbone of our schools: Our Students.  The Southern Alabama merger is on schedule.  CV, CACC, and Southern Union will move forward and focus on plans and initiatives they have on-going at this time.”  Mark A. Heinrich, Ph.D., Chancellor

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