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Board approves Vermont State University name for 3 schools

September 30, 2021 GMT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The trustees of the Vermont State College System have approved renaming three of the schools Vermont State University.

The board unanimously approved the unifying name for Vermont Technical College, Castleton University and Northern Vermont University on Wednesday, despite opposition from some students, alumni, faculty and community members.

“Vermont State University capitalizes on the nationally and internationally known Vermont brand and highlights our connection to the state as a public higher education institution,” said Board of Trustees Chair Lynn Dickinson in a statement.

“In establishing the identity of the new institution, this is the first step. We are looking forward to the continued work over the next several months on the additional critical elements of the brand identity of Vermont State University: the mission, vision, brand identity, and academic structure.”

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In June, the trustees hired a company to recommend a new name for the new single, unified institution comprised of those schools. Vermont State College System Chancellor Sophie Zdatny said they received feedback from over 3,000 students, faculty, staff, alumni, administrators, and community partners.

“Vermont State University gives us incredible flexibility in bringing the brand identity of the new university to life,” she said in a statement.

Vermont State University will launch in July of 2023.