Possible MVCC-Herkimer College merger not under discussion

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - The idea that Mohawk Valley Community College and Herkimer College could merge is not on the table right now, after the board of trustees for one of the schools rejected a meeting to talk about the possibility.

Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente made the pitch during his State of the County address, saying now is the perfect time to consolidate. Picente cites enrollment figures and the fact that Herkimer College is searching for a permanent president.

"The idea, the concept of the meeting, was rejected by the (Herkimer College) board, which I'm very disappointed in," Picente said. "We didn't even have an opportunity to discuss the possibilities.

"I think given the situation financially and academically, it really is about time to look at different models here."

MVCC has invited Picente to its April board meeting and is open to discussion. Herkimer College officials were unavailable for comment.

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