Despite Opposition from Morgan, Towson Cleared to Expand in Nearby County
Despite concerns from Morgan State University officials seeking equitable opportunities for higher ed expansion in underserved counties, the Maryland Higher Education Commission yesterday authorized Towson University, a predominantly white institution, to expand its reach at Harford Community College, a campus approximately 30 miles north of the school.
The $25 million project will proceed despite previously expressed reservations from Morgan State University leaders, who questioned the fairness of allowing Towson to stake a foothold in Harford County, a growing suburb with a rich base of military jobs and no four-year universities.
The better solution, Morgan officials have said, would be to create a center on the community college campus that could be used by universities from around the state.
Morgan has been offered the opportunity to lease space in the soon-to-be constructed Towson U facility, but not to gain branding and recruiting opportunities through facility naming or imprint on the campus. Morgan will offer a 2+2 bachelor’s degree offering in electrical engineering with Howard Community College this fall.