Towson University will be allowed to construct and operate a new branch on the campus of Harford Community College, under a decision released Friday afternoon by the state's interim secretary of higher education.
The $25 million project will proceed despite previously expressed reservations from Morgan State University leaders, who questioned the fairness of allowing Towson to stake a foothold in Harford County, a growing suburb with a rich base of military jobs and no four-year universities.
The better solution, Morgan officials have said, would be to create a center on the community college campus that could be used by universities from around the state.
But the building will "provide a much-needed location for students residing in the Northeast Region of Maryland to complete their baccalaureate programs near their homes and places of employment," wrote interim Secretary Danette G. Howard.
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