City, Tulane balking at JSU opening Madison campus

MADISON — The city of Madison and Tulane University officials want the state College Board to rescind what they’re calling the “premature” approval of Jackson State University’s plans to open a Madison campus this summer.

Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler tells The Clarion-Ledger the city wants to make sure that Jackson State will not be competing for students with Tulane, which opened a Madison branch in 2010.

On Jan. 17, the College Board approved a 10-year, $1.5-million lease for 8,600 square feet in an office building in Madison for Jackson State to hold classes. JSU president Carolyn Meyers said the university’s move to open a branch in Madison is designed to make its classes more convenient for nontraditional students who live and work in the area.

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