Possible Merger

The proposed merger of UMBC and the University of Baltimore was not without controversy. In many Letters the Editor published by the Baltimore Sun, readers pointed out that combining two schools with different students and missions (UB served primarily working professionals and graduate students) made little sense, and expressed dissatisfaction at the way UMBC was portrayed in the paper. President Michael Hooker, on the other hand, was a proponent of the plan and believed that a merge would provide Baltimore with a high-profile research university and promote economic growth. In September 1989 the Board of Regents voted to postpone the matter, ordering further study and ruling out the possibility of a merger that would include the University of Maryland at Baltimore (UMAB) as well, a prospect that President Hooker had strongly supported.