The following is an August 8, 2018 update from Samuel Merritt University President Sharon Diaz regarding the proposed shared campus project with Holy Names University.
Dear SMU Community,
I promised to keep you informed about our efforts to explore the development of a shared campus with Holy Names University (HNU). After many months of diligent deliberations with HNU leadership, the Samuel Merritt University Board of Regents has decided not to proceed with the project.
The proposed plan that I first shared with you late last year was a very ambitious vision to jointly build state-of-the-art facilities on the HNU campus with the goal of better serving future students, faculty and staff of both institutions. Since then, SMU and HNU leaders have worked hard to address financial and legal aspects necessary to reach a formal agreement. While the shared campus project would have been a new model of collaboration in higher education, the SMU Board of Regents determined that the project had become too complex and costly to pursue.
Finding a new Oakland campus remains a major priority. Samuel Merritt University continues to look for other sites to build a campus that will enable us to grow and optimize the education SMU offers our students. The work we have done in exploring the possible shared campus with HNU will advance and inform our efforts to identify and pursue other opportunities.
As always, the Office of the President will keep you informed of any significant developments going forward.
Sharon C. Diaz
President and Chief Executive Officer
Samuel Merritt University