The idea of merging Sir George Williams University and Loyola College was discussed informally and sporadically. In 1968 a Loyola-Sir George Joint Steering Committee was established to investigate the various possibilities of federation, merger and so on. In 1969 there was a formal proposal put forward to the Steering Committee by Donald Savage, a Loyola history professor, and Michel Despland, the assistant dean of Arts at Sir George Williams (Proposed federation of Loyola College and Sir George Williams University, June 13, 1969, revised September 30, 1969). They recommended creating a "Federal University" that would allow students to take courses at both campuses without paying additional fees, and they introduced the idea of a bus service between Loyola and Sir George Williams.
When you join together two lively institutions, each with its own philosophies and ways of doing things, each firmly dedicated to freedom of thought and speech, you must expect a measure of friction. We look forward now to a new period of creative friction.
Concordia Rector and Vice-Chancellor John O'Brien, August 16, 1974.
The notion of federating the two institutions brought a hail of criticism about the difficulties of combining existing faculties and departments from both institutions, but the concept did not disappear. The Joint Committee of Representatives of the Board of Trustees of Loyola and the Board of Governors of Sir George Williams University was created in December 1971 and in the fall of 1972 it produced the document, A Model for the New University, which proposed the establishment of a two-campus university under the Sir George Williams University charter. Revisions were made to this document on November 8, 1972. The document was to become the blueprint for the merger, and it was approved by the Board of Trustees of Loyola College on November 8 and by the Board of Governors of Sir George Williams on November 9, 1972. Sir George Williams and Loyola began making plans for the eventual merger.
Preparing for the merger involved structural and administrative changes for both Loyola and Sir George Williams. In early 1973, a joint advertising campaign made the agreement public, and it was expected that the new university would be in operation for the beginning of the fall term. However, the legal and administrative arrangements took longer than anticipated.
The formal arrangements to establish the new university as a legal entity were as follows:
Loyola College and Sir George Williams University had joined forces to become Concordia University.
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