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Posted: April 21, 2011

Metropolitan State College of Denver’s Board of Trustees today voted unanimously to defer until 2012 its efforts to secure legislative authority to change the College’s name to Denver State University.

The vote came at a special meeting convened as a result of recent opposition to the proposed name expressed by officials from the University of Denver.

Metro State President Stephen Jordan said this experience is not atypical of what he regularly experiences at the capitol, “It’s not just about the name change. It’s about the extent to which this institution serves this community” but it does not get the same level of support as other institutions.

It’s important for the public to know that “the alumni, faculty and students are unified in this motion,” said Board Chair Robert Cohen, who said he was proud of the efforts students and alumni had put forth at the capitol and in the community in advocating Denver State University as the new name.

Cohen outlined three options at the beginning of the meeting: 1) to proceed with the introduction of a bill in the 2011 legislative session; 2) to consider adjusting the proposed name in response to the University of Denver’s concerns regarding branding; or 3) to defer legislative action until 2012.

After hearing overwhelming support from Metro State students, alumni and faculty to continue seeking a name change to Denver State University, the Board moved to defer legislative action until 2012. The Board remains committed to the potential new name of Denver State University. 

This afternoon, Jordan will deliver two resolutions to a Senate confirmation hearing. The first resolution will officially withdraw plans for the strategic name change initiative from the 2011 legislative session. It will also inform the legislature of the College’s next steps, including convening a legislative committee of the board to further research the initiative for 2012 legislative session.

The second, “A Resolution of the Board of Trustees of Metropolitan State College of Denver in Support of its Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Stakeholders,” will highlight Metro State’s role in the Denver metropolitan area, noting that, with more than 24,000 students and nearly 69,000 alumni, Metro State is Colorado’s leader in educating undergraduate Coloradans and that it enrolls the highest number of students of color among four-year colleges in the state.

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About Metropolitan State College of Denver
With more than 24,000 students, Metro State is Colorado’s leader in educating undergraduate Coloradans. The College now offers master’s degrees in accounting and teacher education, and will offer a master’s in social work starting fall 2011. The College enrolls the highest number of students of color among four-year colleges in the state. It boasts 69,000 alumni, the bulk of whom remain in Colorado after graduation.