A name change has been recommended for the Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, and some local alumni don't like it.
School president, Dr. Claudia Limbert, pushed for a new name to shake the image of a finishing school for girls. MUW has allowed male students since 1981.
Limbert cut ties with the original alumnae association that challenged her policies a couple of years ago. That group also opposes changing the school's name.
"We can market our school by branding it 'The W' and that is not offensive to men or women," said Betty Lou Jones of Meridian, an alumna of MUW. "And it can tell the history, our historical significance. We stand to lose a whole lot more by losing the name Mississippi University for Women than we stand to gain by using any other name."
Jones also said changing the name would be an unnecessary expense in tough economic times.
Limbert has recommended 'Reneau University' in honor of an 18-year-old who urged the state to establish a public college for women.
The state College Board would have to make such a recommendation, and the state legislature approve it, for the name to be changed.
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