JOHNSON CITY - The business and technology colleges at East Tennessee State University are being merged, as the school adjusts to cuts in appropriations from the state.
ETSU lost $7.48 million in state money for 2003-04, as part of statewide cutbacks to balance the budget. Merging the College of Business and the College of Applied Science and Technology will save the university about $250,000, most of it administrative costs.
In addition, the geography, geology and geomatics departments are being eliminated, with the subjects being moved under other departments.
Linda Garceau, dean of the new ETSU College of Business and Technology, said the merger was "a wonderful, wonderful opportunity."
"From a curricular standpoint, there are very many overlapping programs," she said.