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N.H. Institute Of Art Meeting Will Focus On Possible SNHU Merger

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The New Hampshire Institute of Art will hold a town hall meeting Wednesday evening to discuss a possible merger with Southern New Hampshire University.

The institute’s Acting President Rick Strawbridge says he hopes the meeting will help clear the air.

“There have been a number of people who have made assumptions that are not true and who are upset I think probably for no reason. And I hope to calm it down and give us a chance to have some good discussion about it.”

The two schools signed a memorandum of understanding last month to explore a potential merger, with the goal of deciding either way by September 1.

Strawbridge stresses that it’s far from a done deal.

He says a merger with SNHU would bring additional funds and resources for marketing, but adds that the school already has a five-year financial plan in place.

“So it’s not like we’re entering into the discussions in some sort of desperation; we’re doing just fine. This is just something interesting to look at.”

Wednesday’s meeting is open to the public. It starts at 5:30 in the institute’s French Building Rotunda.

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