A North Carolina legislator says a state university in his district could have better recognition if it changed its name.
The Daily Advance of Elizabeth City reported that state Rep. Bill Owens made his name-change pitch Monday to trustees at Elizabeth City State University.
Owens says the school's name should show it is part of the University of North Carolina system.
Owens says the university could get more funds and donations, recruit more faculty and attract students from out of state with a new name.
Trustee chairman Walter Davenport says the board only was listening to Owens and would make a decision later.
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