|William F. Weld
|Executive Order 310
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WHEREAS, the need to provide quality public higher education is of primary concern to all citizens of the Commonwealth, and to the economic health of our economy; and
WHEREAS, the existing system of providing public higher education is often duplicative, underutilized and excessively costly: and
WHEREAS, the Commonwealth and its institutions of higher learning would benefit from a consolidation which would better focus and utilize available state resources; and
WHEREAS, the system for providing quality public higher education must be carefully examined in an effort to recommend solutions that will strengthen our system of public higher education while eliminating unnecessary duplication and waste;
NOW THEREFORE I, William F. Weld, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, by virtue of the authority vested in me as supreme executive magistrate do hereby order the following:
1. A special commission is hereby established to make recommendations to the Governor relative to the consolidation and closure of state colleges and universities.
2. The Commission shall consist of eleven members, including the Secretary of Administration and Finance or his designee, one member designated by the President of the Massachusetts State Senate, one member designated by the Minority Leader of the Massachusetts State Senate, one member designated by the Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, one member designated by the Minority Leader of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, and six members appointed by the Governor. The Governor will designate a chairman.
3. The commission shall be charged with the following:
(a) Establishing objective criteria for reviewing the operation of all state colleges and universities, and gathering pertinent information with respect to each institution.
(b) Studying the feasibility of consolidating or closing institutions where appropriate.
(c) Preparing and submitting to the Governor, no later than June 1, 1991 a specific plan for the consolidation and closure of state colleges and universities that maintains the commonwealth's commitment to quality public higher education.
Given in the Executive Chamber
in Boston this 26th day of
February in the year
of our Lord one thousand nine
hundred and ninety-one.
William F. Weld, Governor
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Michael Joseph Connolly
Secretary of the Commonwealth