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JDCC merger in the works?

A merger between Jefferson Davis and Faulkner State community colleges is in the works.

The merger and/or consolidation is one of three up for discussion by the state’s community college system board Thursday.

JDCC Interim President Dr. William “Bill” Blow couldn’t comment on the merger.

“I think it would be premature to comment until after the meeting,” Blow said. “The agenda is out and typically the chancellor will now seek permission to begin the planning phase.”

The board is expected to approve a resolution to do just that, which would also allow for notification of its decision to the Alabama Commission on Higher Education and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Faulkner State’s main campus is in Bay Minette, but it also has campuses in Gulf Shores and Fairhope.

The ACCS work session agenda describes the merger as an action item for the Dec. 10 meeting and outlines the joining of the other following institutions:

• Alabama Southern and Reid State community colleges; and,

• Central Alabama, Southern Union State and Chattahoochee Valley community colleges.