Carson-Newman name change becomes official

Carson-Newman name change becomes official


JEFFERSON CITY (WATE) - A process that was in the works for several months was completed Monday when Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City became Carson-Newman University.

The school's board of trustees unanimously voted in October to begin the process of changing the institution's name. 

February 11 was chosen for the official name change to coincide with the same date in 1851. That's when the Baptist Educational Society of East Tennessee appointed William Rogers and C.C. Tipton to raise funds for the first building.

The school was known then as Mossy Creek Missionary Baptist Seminary and has undergone several name changes since then. Carson-Newman College has been in use since 1930.

The decision to change the name followed months of study conducted by school officials. To change it the school had to change its charter with the state.

Carson-Newman has long offered master level programs, one of the qualifications needed to be called a university. 

The institution currently offers 50 undergraduate majors and seven graduate degrees. 

Carson-Newman officials say the name change will help in recruiting, particularly internationally.

Now that the name has been changed, a semester-long celebration is in the works, beginning with the sealing of a time capsule at 7 p.m. Monday in Gentry Auditorium.

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