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Maryland regents vote against merger of College Park, Baltimore campuses

COLLEGE PARK – The University System of Maryland Board of Regents unanimously voted against recommending a merger of the system’s Baltimore school and its flagship campus here in Prince George’s County on Friday.

The panel did, however, outline steps the schools should take to increase collaboration between the institutions.

The General Assembly ordered the regents to study the proposal after powerful Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., D-Prince George’s and Calvert, said the schools should be combined forge greater cooperation and give the combined university more clout in national rankings.

Miller was the chief promoter of the merger plan and the idea found other supporters in College Park. But civic, business and education leaders in Baltimore worried the merger would in fact be an acquisition by the flagship, a scenario they argued would lead to a loss of autonomy and budgetary independence for Baltimore.

University of Maryland, College Park, is by far the system’s largest institution and the University of Maryland, Baltimore, is home to most of the state’s public professional schools.