College of Charleston faculty members speak out against merger

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Several faculty members called for an open meeting Monday to discuss legislation filed last week by state Reps. Jim Merrill, R-Charleston, and Leon Stavrinakis, D-Charleston, called the "Charleston University Act." Several dozen faculty members from the college, and some from MUSC, attended the meeting.

Simon Lewis, an English professor and one of the faculty members who organized the meeting, said the widely held perception that the College of Charleston supports the plan simply is wrong. "Actually, the college is not in support of this legislation," he said, likening it to "a shotgun marriage."

Lewis also said that a faculty committee last week released the results of an online survey that made clear that the majority of faculty members are opposed to a merger. And even supporters of a comprehensive research institution expressed doubt that the state and the business community would provide enough financial support to make the merger a success.

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