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      MUSC board meeting to discuss CofC merger canceled

      CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- A board meeting for the Medical University of South Carolina that was meant to focus on a possible collaboration between the medical university and the College of Charleston has been canceled.

      The board's chairman requested a special meeting on Jan. 2, according to a statement from MUSC. The group will enter into executive session. However, that meeting was canceled Monday afternoon.

      In April, an informal committee was formed to study a merger between the College of Charleston and MUSC.

      "The concept of a merger between the College of Charleston and MUSC has been raised in various discussions over the past three decades. In any discussions of increased collaboration between the two institutions, the idea of a merger emerges as one possibility," a statement from President George Benson's office read.

      Benson said in April the small committee made up of members of MUSC and CofC met to discuss greater collaboration opportunities, adding that Charleston Mayor Joe Riley has stressed the city's need to have a "comprehensive research university" for the city to continue to grow.{}Benson said members of the two universities were involved in all meetings called by Riley.{}Benson added that there is a history of merger talks between CofC and MUSC, citing efforts that did not come to fruition in the early 1980s and the late 1990s.

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