Might the State Merge Methodist College with University of Memphis?

The future of Lambuth University has been cloudy since the private Methodist college lost accreditation in December, reports the Commercial Appeal, and there’s at least some talk about the state taking it over.
When Gov. Bill Haslam visited Jackson recently, (Jackson Mayor Jerry) Gist talked to him about Lambuth’s woes. According to Gist, Haslam said he would be meeting with Shirley Raines, the University of Memphis president, and would mention the prospect of U of M taking over the campus as some kind of satellite or extension.
“The governor is currently gathering information about the situation in Lambuth,” said David Smith, Haslam’s press secretary.
State Senate majority leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville, said he’s aware of talks about the possibility of U of M acquiring Lambuth, but doesn’t know details.
“There is no such association being discussed by the U of M with anybody,” said Curt Guenther, a U of M spokesman. “There has been a rumor that the mayor of Jackson and the governor, or somebody from his office, or somebody from the state government in Nashville, may have been discussing such an association, but the U of M is not part of any such discussions, even if they have been taking place.”

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