By Walter C. Jones
Morris News Service
When the Board of Regents voted unanimously to shrink eight colleges down to four, it pulled off a near miracle in public-policy terms.
Consolidation of some of the state’s 35 schools has been kicked around for decades with no result because of the political sensitivity. Just floating the idea in a legislative committee hearing in 2010 led to public denounciations and demonstrations.
Former Gordon interim president Shelley Nickel