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R-MWC Changes Name to Randolph College

New name unveiled during ceremony on Main Hall steps

12/9/2006 4:48:19 PM


LYNCHBURG — Beginning July 1, 2007, Randolph-Macon Woman’s College will become Randolph College. College officials unveiled the new name Dec. 9 on the steps of Main Hall.

"The Board of Trustees recognized the overwhelming desire of all constituencies to select a name that preserves and honors our legacy — and that also claims big dreams for this small, beautiful, and vibrant college that we all love," said Jolley Christman, president of the Board of Trustees. "We listened, and what we heard from all of you greatly influenced our decision. And so, the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to adopt the name Randolph College — a name that maintains continuity with our history, as well as positions us for the future."

The new name follows the College’s recent decision to admit men in the fall of 2007.

A 12-member Naming Advisory Task Force, comprised of alumnae, faculty, students, trustees and staff, solicited input from the R-MWC community during the past few months. The College received more than 1,000 name suggestions.

The College will maintain its athletic logo and WildCat mascot. In addition, any student who began their education under Randolph-Macon Woman’s College will be able to graduate with a Randolph-Macon Woman’s College diploma in the future.

The Dec. 9 announcement included alumnae, faculty and student speakers.

"Even in the face of change, there are constants to be found, " said Thomas Stephens, the William E. Thoresen and Catherine Ehrman Thoresen ’23 Professor of Speech and Theatre. "The strength of our College has always resided in her people."

"Regardless of a name or values change, I have the confidence that we will maintain and continue to inspire the personal integrity and power of conviction indicative of a woman from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College," said Megan Steigerwald , Class of 2009.

Anne Haley, a senior and head of the student group, The Coalition for Women's Education, told gatherers that each has had a different experience at the College.

"From the Class of 1897 to the Class of 2007, generations of students have experienced a multitude of professors, presidents, customs, wars, social movements, sorrows, joys, and changes," she said. "But the thing that still remains and will continue to live on vibrantly, is the spirit of this school.

The coming years will bring many changes to the institution, Haley added.

"There are things to be done now," she added. "There are traditions to be preserved as well as new traditions to be made. And the fate of our college is in our hands."

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CONTACT: Brenda Edson, Director of College Relations