DISPATCH – MUW merger plan: State wouldn’t see savings until 2012

Merging Mississippi University for Women with Mississippi State University in 2011 will save $35 million … in 2012.

As expected, Gov. Haley Barbour recommended in his Monday budget proposal the two state universities be merged to save on administrative costs.

He also recommended Alcorn State and Mississippi Valley State be merged with Jackson State. But the governor admits an estimated $35 million savings won’t appear until 2012.

“The mergers would not achieve significant savings in Fiscal Year 2011 as they take time to plan and implement,” Barbour’s proposal reads. “These savings can’t be achieved in FY 2012 if the decisions are not enacted in the FY 2011 budget.”

MUW President Claudia A. Limbert was not impressed.

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