Obama aide: Money wrong merger motive – “Greatness” should be goal

“I don’t have an instantly negative attitude toward mergers,” John Wilson Jr. said Tuesday. “But greatness has to be the result, and here it appears the motivation was financial.”

Wilson, who was appointed executive director of President Barack Obama’s HBCU initiative in July, held a town hall meeting at Jackson State University to discuss the future of education and the role historically black institutions will play.

State lawmakers are expected to hold hearings on Barbour’s proposal to merge Alcorn State and Mississippi Valley State universities into Jackson State during the upcoming legislative session, starting in January.

Some, including members of the Legislative Black Caucus, already have vowed to block any merger proposal, but Wilson said he did not find the idea that far fetched.