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Westminster College Trustees Vote Against Name Change

Westminster College Trustees Vote Against Name Change

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Westminster College isn't graduating to "Westminster University."

After months of deliberation, the college's Board of Trustees has voted unanimously to retain the school name.

President Michael Bassis made the announcement during commencement exercises for 667 students today.

Bassis says research and input from students, alumni and others led him to believe that the word "college" best captures Westminster's distinctive value and appeal.

A task force had studied the issue and recommended a change.

But students expressed strong oppositions during open campus forums.

The school explored the name change because it's mission and programming had changed so dramatically since its founding 132 years ago.

The Salt Lake City school is Utah's only private liberal arts college. It has an average annual enrollment of 2,000 undergraduate and 500 graduate students.

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