Montreat merger generates surprise, some optimism

montreatBy Joel Burgess

A planned merger between Montreat College and a Georgia university generated surprise and cautious optimism among some, while others affiliated with the Valley’s historic Presbyterian college called for greater transparency from the school’s decision makers.

Montreat officials announced July 29 that they were pursuing a merger with Point University, a Church of Christ affiliated school in West Point, Ga.

Montreat, which was founded nearly 100 years ago, would give up its name with the new entity being called Point University, officials said in a press release and on a Web site created for the merger. The schools would maintain separate campuses, and “‘Montreat’ will continue to be part of the name of the campus in Montreat,” the releases said.

The announcement comes after a period of budget and enrollment problems at the college, but still surprised some.