Mid-South Community College, ASU to merge

Mid-South Community College, ASU to merge

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Arkansas State University family just got a little bigger.

According to a merger agreement approved and executed Friday, Mid-South Community College will become Arkansas State University Mid-South on July 1.

The board of trustees for both colleges approved resolutions authorizing the merger, according to an email from Jeff Hankins, vice president for Strategic Communications and Economic Development at ASU.

ASU System President Charles L. Welch and MSCC President Glen Fenter signed the agreement and transition plan.

Both men were pleased with the decision. Welch called it a “historic day for the ASU system and the Mid-South,” while Fenter said he was “excited about the opportunities ahead.”

The merger is contingent upon accreditation approval by the Higher Learning Commission's board of trustees. Welch said the two colleges will work together on that process in the coming months.

MSCC serves 2,000 students in Crittenden County and the surrounding area. Originally established as a vocational-technical school, it became a comprehensive community college in 1992.

The ASU system serves 20,800 students at its main campus in Jonesboro; ASU-Beebe, with additional campuses in Heber Springs and Searcy; ASU-Newport, with additional campuses in Jonesboro and Marked Tree; ASU-Mountain Home; and instructional sites in Paragould and at the Little Rock Air Force Base.

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