Virginia Intermont, Webber plan merger

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BRISTOL, Va. (AP) — Virginia Intermont College and Webber International University are planning to merge.

The proposed merger must be approved by several entities, including the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, the U.S. Department of Education and the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. The commission is the schools' accrediting body.

If the merger is approved, the schools say in a news release that it would be effective in July.

Virginia Intermont is appealing a decision by the commission to drop the private liberal arts school from its membership. The commission has attributed its decision to Virginia Intermont's finances.

Virginia Intermont President E. Clorisa Phillips says in the news release that the merger would provide expanded program offerings and more effective use of resources.

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