“I don’t think it’s wise to kick the can down the road any further.”
Why doesn’t Yale University have to change its name? Elihu Yale was involved in the slave trade, but Yale is an elitist institution and an expensive brand.
KSL News reports:
Trustees vote to drop ‘Dixie’ from Dixie State University name
Dixie State University is en route to a name change.
The university’s board of trustees voted unanimously Monday to approve a recommendation to change the name of the university, which must be approved by the Utah Legislature in consultation with the Utah System of Higher Education.
Some trustees were choked up with emotion before casting their votes.
“It’s been a struggle. It’s been a real struggle,” said board Chairman Dave Clark, a former Utah Speaker of the House, noting the tug between the area’s pride in the institution and tradition but also the need to do what is best for students’ and the institution’s future.
But he voted for the change along with the other trustees.
Trustee Jon Pike, who is also St. George’s mayor, prior to the vote said, “I don’t think it’s wise to kick the can down the road any further.”
Trustee Jill Beck noted her “solid ancestral and personal connection at Dixie State University as an institution.”
But she noted remarks of Russell M. Nelson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, calling on government, business and educational leaders to review processes, laws and organizational attitudes regarding racism.
Beck said public perception of Dixie State University “is still not taken seriously.”
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