CMSU becomes University of Central Missouri

In a historic vote, Central Missouri State University’s Board of Governors has approved a change in the institution’s name to the University of Central Missouri – a change that is effective immediately.

Central Missouri President Aaron Podolefsky said the name change helps the institution to advance its new vision.

“We aspire to become a nationally recognized, comprehensive university that delivers a world-class university education,” Podolefsky said. “The name change provides a crucial ingredient in fulfilling this new vision by symbolically representing our emergence as a national-level comprehensive university.”

Central Missouri received legislative approval for the name change during the Missouri General Assembly’s 2005 session.

The legislation gave CMSU’s governing board until August 2007 to determine whether or not to adopt the name change through a majority vote.

Larry Fick, board president, said “The name change has been discussed on campus for a couple of years, and today’s vote by the Board of Governors marks the beginning of a new chapter in the institution’s history. We look forward to continued progress and a bright future as the University of Central Missouri.”

The board’s decision to change the name supports recommendations made by Podolefsky and a broad-based campus task force, following a year of research and input from alumni, friends, students, faculty and staff. The name change received support from the CMSU Alumni Association Board of Directors and CMSU Foundation Board of Directors; governing groups for faculty, administrators and staff; and athletics.

Roger Wilson, president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, noted in a position statement supporting the name change, “The name ‘University of Central Missouri’ preserves the historical traditions of the school while strongly positioning the institution for the future.

The university has had ‘Central Missouri’ as part of its name for nearly 87 years.” He added that a name change is “a natural part of the university’s evolution” as it seeks to fulfill a new vision.