A merger might be in the future for Rice University, Houston, and the Houston-based Baylor College of Medicine. Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine have a long history of valuable collaborations and are exploring the possibility of a closer affiliation, according to a statement from Rice. Preliminary talks between the two institutions are under way. No further details are available at this time.
The Associated Press published a story that said Rice President David Leebron is scheduled to make presentations in November to faculty members in Rices various schools to gauge their interest, but a spokesman for Rice would not confirm if that will happen. The story also cited Baylors ability to balance its budget during the economic downturn as a reason for the merger talks.
But like Rice, the Baylor College of Medicine referred to what was written in the joint statement, according to a spokeswoman. -- by Jessica Zigmond