Metro State Trustees Delay Name Change Request, Citing U. of Denver Opposition

April 22, 2011

The board of Metropolitan State College of Denver said Thursday that it would put off until next year its plan to seek legislation that would change its name to Denver State University, after the private nonprofit University of Denver expressed opposition to the idea, The Denver Post reported. Metro State officials argue that the name change is necessary to reflect the 24,000-student institution's mission and its centrality in the city of Denver. But "[t]he change would interfere with Denver University's essential communication with its many constituents," University of Denver Chancellor Robert Coombe said in a letter to legislators Monday, according to The Post.

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