UPDATE: UTU? Proposed Dixie State name heading to legislature

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WEDNESDAY 10/27/2021 10:28 a.m.

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – A proposed name for Dixie State University is heading to the next step – the Utah state legislature.

As part of the name-change process, the Utah Board of Higher Education met Wednesday morning to discuss renaming the school to Utah Tech University. Following a unanimous vote, the name suggestion now heads to the state legislature.

Earlier this year, the Dixie State University Board of Trustees has voted to recommend Utah Tech University as the new name for the school. The Dixie State University Name Recommendation Committee had voted in favor of renaming the school ‘Utah Polytechnic State University,’ which would have been informally known as Utah Tech.

“Just as the Utah Board of Higher Education supported the recommendation for Dixie State University to change its name, we too support the proposed name of Utah Tech University as its replacement,” says Harris H. Simmons, Chair of the Utah Board of Higher Education. “The Dixie State University Board of Trustees worked extensively with education stakeholders and the public to develop a strong name that will lead the university into the future both locally and nationally. We look forward to our continued work with DSU and the Legislature to see the proposed name of Utah Tech University forward.” 

State law does not give the Board of Higher Education the power to select Dixie State’s new name. Instead, it directs the Board to “vote on whether to approve and recommend the name [submitted by the university’s Board of Trustees] to the Legislature.” 

There is no word yet on when state lawmakers will take up the name-changing process.

ORIGINAL STORY: Vote looms for Dixie State name change

WEDNESDAY 10/27/2021 8:21 a.m.

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – The next step of the Dixie State University renaming process is set to take place Wednesday.

Earlier this year, the Dixie State University Board of Trustees has voted to recommend Utah Tech University as the new name for the school. The Dixie State University Name Recommendation Committee had voted in favor of renaming the school ‘Utah Polytechnic State University,’ which would have been informally known as Utah Tech.

The name Utah Polytechnic State University received backlash after the name recommendation was announced in mid-June. Days after the announcement, one Dixie State University student started a petition, calling for an alternate name. As of Tuesday afternoon, that petition has nearly 18,000 signatures.

The Board of Trustees voted unanimously for Utah Tech University, saying the name not only emphasizes the school’s mission and significance but allows it to compete nationally and receive recognition. Now, the next step in the process is set to begin.

The Utah Board of Higher Education will meet virtually Wednesday morning to discuss and take action on the proposed Dixie State name change. After the Board makes a motion whether to recommend the name change, it is then sent for consideration to the Legislature.

The Board is scheduled to meet at 9 a.m.

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