LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A merger has been announced between Sullivan University and Spencerian College.

“This decision was a long time in the making,” said Glenn Sullivan, System President at Sullivan University. “Really, it's the best thing for our students in the long run.”

According to a release issued Monday, Sullivan University's System Board of Directors voted unanimously to merge Sullivan University, the Sullivan College of Technology and Design (SCTD) and Spencerian College.

All three schools are already owned by the Sullivan University system, but they have remained separate until now. 

“A lot of people don't know that Sullivan University, the Spencerian College and the Sullivan College of Technology and Design are all three independently licensed, independently accredited institution, but they're all owned by the same folks, the Sullivan family,” said Dr. Jay Barr, Chief Executive Officer at Sullivan University.

The merged institution would operate as Sullivan University and would have a consistent regional accreditation. 

“The students will benefit, because we are moving to this different level of accreditation, which will help them in case they want to transfer to another institution or things like that,” Sullivan said. 

The proposal was announced Monday, but the board will not hear if the merger is approved until December at the earliest. 

“I want to emphasize this is not a done deal,” Sullivan said. This is not a done deal. We still have some state and federal approvals as well as the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. We are needing their approval.”

The merger means teachers and students would be able to share resources and knowledge, but the deal would come at a cost to some. Sullivan said a handful of faculty members have been let go, but he did not disclose a number. 

“There are some changes that had to happen with faculty because of our requirements from accreditors,” Sullivan said.  “There are some reductions in staff just because of efficiencies.”

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