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Unger set to introduce bill allowing college name change

January 07, 2004|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia State Sen. John Unger said he plans to introduce a bill soon in the Legislature that will allow Shepherd College to change its name to Shepherd University.

Shepherd College officials have said said they want to change the school's name to Shepherd University to better reflect what the institution has to offer.

The trend in higher education is that the schools that refer to themselves as colleges are those that offer two-year degrees, Shepherd College President David L. Dunlop has said.

That is a concern to Shepherd College officials because they do not want prospective students to bypass Shepherd, thinking it is a two-year school, Dunlop has said.

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A number of actions need to be taken to make the name change, including approval from the Legislature, Dunlop said.

The Legislature convenes on Jan. 14, and Unger said Tuesday that he plans to introduce the legislation within the first week of the session.

The legislation will allow Shepherd and three other state colleges to switch to university status, Unger said.

Unger said he expects lawmakers to support the bill.

"I don't know why anyone would oppose this," he said.

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