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Charleston Chamber in support of university merger, student reaction mixed

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce CEO Bryan Derreberry says a merger between The College of Charleston and MUSC makes perfect business sense.

"We looked at the 100 top metros in the United States, most of whom we compete against and we're one of only 13 that does not have a public research university," he said.

A bill filed Thursday seeks to create a "full-scale comprehensive research university."

"Take information technology, take engineering; all the stuff that our growing aerospace cluster needs, people will not need to leave this area to get those degrees now."

The Chamber created a booklet, called White Paper, which combines research and discussions with area employers over several years.  Click here to read the complete report.

"Eighteen months we've talked to over 120 business leaders and their number one issue for the next 3-5 years is talent," Derreberry said.

For students of MUSC and The College of Charleston, many were concerned with losing the identity of their university.

"I personally don't like it," said Michelle Foreman, a graduate of both CofC and MUSC.

"They both have strong historical roots. I would like to see them stay as separate entities."

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