Kansas State-Salina seeking new name

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas State University wants to change the name of its Salina campus to better emphasize its concentration on technical arts and applied sciences.

University officials asked to change the name of the Salina campus to the Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus during a Kansas Board of Regents meeting in Topeka on Wednesday.

The name proposed by the officials is “a realization of what we’ve always been,” said Jeff Morris, vice president for communications and marketing for Kansas State University. “The definition seems to fit what we’ve been historically.”

The proposed name change is intended “to reflect its 50-year mission as a polytechnic campus,” said Verna Fitzsimmons, CEO and dean of the Salina campus.

On Wednesday, the proposal was heard by the Council of Chief Academic Officers, which is made up of the provosts of the seven state universities. The council will make a recommendation to the Council of Presidents, which will then send a candidate to the Board of Regents, the Salina Journal reported.

The state Legislature also might have to approve the name change because the current name is included in state statutes, Morris and Fitzsimmons said.

Additionally, university officials want to merge the campus’ departments of aviation, engineering technology, and arts, sciences and business into a School of Integrated Studies in Salina.

“We are positioning our campus for national growth,” Fitzsimmons said in an email. “Our campus will continue to focus on career-based programs and experiential learning. We are taking a look at expanding what we offer to meet the needs of tomorrow’s careers.”


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