Lawmaker: ECSU, Change Your Name

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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  • by Lee Location: Washington on Dec 16, 2008 at 07:21 PM
    When Pembroke State changed their name to UNC-P, you could see a definite increase in interest to attend their. It puts it out there thats its a state university not just a regional one.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 16, 2008 at 11:24 AM
    People can complain and whatever all they want but the fact of the matter is that sports brings in the money that supports academics. Look at schools in the SEC like Alabama and Florida that fill stadiums of >80,000 for every home game. Then they go to bowl games. The conferences and schools get that money to spend as they please. Admittedly, a lot goes to the athletics, but some also goes to campus improvements and other scholar funds. The fact of the matter is that unless the school has a huge endowment or many rich alums, sports is the biggest fund raiser that a school has!
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Dec 16, 2008 at 09:54 AM
    If you need a football program to 'gain name recognition' then there is something sorely lacking in the EDUCATION department. EDUCATION is after all why a SCHOOL exists. Athletics is not the cornerstone nor the reason to attend college. It is to become EDUCATED.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Dec 16, 2008 at 07:52 AM
    I agree with you man. UNC Charlotte is also getting a football program at some point in a few years and Campbell has got one as well. That has given those schools more recognition. Plus what would the name had been changed to if it was changed?
  • by Anonymous on Dec 16, 2008 at 07:02 AM
    I think that getting an established sports program would bring more money than a name change. Look at UNCP and UNCC. UNCP just got a football team and im sure they will start to grow soon. UNCC has a solid basketball program and they are growing each year. A solid football program in a "bigger" conference here would get more chances for media attention and thus more money and students.
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