MUW group readies to meet on name change

June 10, 2009



A Mississippi University for Women Leadership Committee -- composed of leaders of the MUW Staff Council, the MUW Faculty Senate, the MUW Foundation, the Student Government Association and the MUW Alumni Association -- will meet Thursday afternoon to discuss a new name for the university. 


The Leadership Committee is expected to review a list of suggested names and issue an opinion to MUW President Dr. Claudia Limbert. 


Months ago, the MUW Naming Committee narrowed a list of more than 1,000 suggested names to three -- Reneau University, Welty-Reneau University and Waverley University. 


During a March 24 presentation to the Naming Committee, The Cirlot Agency -- the corporate communication firm contracted to conduct research on the names -- revealed 43 percent of study respondents favored Waverley University, 33 percent favored Reneau University and 24 percent favored Welty-Reneau University. 


The university subsequently asked The Cirlot Agency to conduct additional research regarding the name choices Reneau University, Waverley University and Welty University. 


The Leadership Committee, which meets Thursday at 4:30 p.m. in the board room of Welty Hall, likely will suggest one name to Limbert to recommend to the state Institutions of Higher Learning Board and, if approved by the IHL, the state Legislature. 


The Leadership Committee members include Cathy Young, representing the Faculty Senate, Robin Holliman, representing the Staff Council, Kristen Barnes, representing the SGA, Dr. Pat Ainsworth, representing the MUW Alumni Association, and Dr. Eddie Betcher, representing the MUW Foundation.