The Arkansas State University Board today approved a merger with Henderson State University.

Approval also will be required by the state Higher Education Commission and the legislature. Jan. 1, 2021 is the targeted completion date.

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Henderson will retain its name. Its interim president will report to the head of ASU, Chuck Welch, and he’ll head the search for a permanent president, who’d become chancellor on completion of the merger.

ASU will seek to expand its board from five to seven, with two new members representing Henderson.

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The ASU system plans to review Henderson operations and finances.  Financial troubles contributed to the decision by Henderson to merge.

 

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