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Vermont State U. to be weighed as new name for 3 schools

September 22, 2021 GMT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The trustees of the Vermont State Colleges are going to consider renaming three schools in the system Vermont State University, officials said Tuesday.

In June the trustees hired a company to recommend a new name for the new single, unified institution comprised of what are now Castleton University, Northern Vermont University, which has campuses in Johnson and Lyndonville, and Vermont Technical College.

The trustees are now seeking public comment on the proposed name ahead of their next meeting, Sept. 29, when they expect to vote on the proposal.

The company hired to suggest a new name, VisionPoint Marketing, conducted 31 sessions with students, faculty, staff, leadership, alumni, and community members. They also held brand workshops and received more than 3,000 suggestions.

“This is a well-founded and strategic recommendation and I am truly excited by the results of the research and the name recommendation,” Vermont State Colleges Chancellor Sophie Zdatny said in a statement.

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This story was first published on September 21, 2021. It was updated on September 22, 2021, to correct that the proposal is to rename three member schools as Vermont State University, not the entire Vermont State Colleges system.