Executive Order

Executive Order No. 300: Commission on Public Higher Education

Date: 02/26/1991
Issuer: William F. Weld
Mass Register: No. 656
Superseded by: Executive Order 310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

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