William & Mary and Eastern Virginia Medical School issued a joint statement Wednesday that both institutions have agreed to exclusively explore the feasibility of having EVMS become the William & Mary School of Medicine.
“Before a decision can be made by either W&M or EVMS, each must carefully investigate the implications of such a combination,” the statement read. “It is not known how long the necessary due diligence will take. If W&M and EVMS decide to proceed, the approval of the General Assembly and Governor will be required.”
The statement followed a message to campus Wednesday morning by William & Mary President Taylor Reveley, who said both institutions will take a careful, long look at the possibility. Provost Michael R. Halleran, Reveley said, would lead W&M’s due diligence effort. Other administrators and faculty will be involved.
“In my view, the EVMS possibility is worth careful consideration,” Reveley said. “EVMS is an institution we know and respect. Many W&M graduates have gone to medical school there. And there has been productive research collaboration between the two schools.
“Whether asking for state approval of this combination will ultimately prove to be in our best interests, all factors considered, is what we must now carefully determine. The same, obviously, is true of EVMS from its perspective.”