CLEMSON, S.C.– The Clemson University Board of Trustees today approved altering the name of the University’s Formality College to the Clemson University Honors College, efficient immediately. The college has actually been called the Calhoun Formality College because 1982.
The trustees likewise approved a resolution respectfully asking for authority from the South Carolina General Assembly to bring back Tillman Hall to its original name of the Main Building, frequently called “Old Main”.
“Clemson University has a long-celebrated history of custom and excellence, however we must acknowledge there are central figures in Clemson’s history whose ideals, beliefs and actions do not represent the university’s core values of regard and diversity,” stated Chairman Smyth McKissick. “Today’s action by the Board acknowledges that now is the time to move on together as a more unified Clemson Family in order to make our university stronger today and into the future.”
In 2018, the Board asked Provost Robert Jones to lead a job force to study and make suggestions on ways to improve the quality and significance of the honors college. The Board approved the recommendations from the Provost, backed by President Jim Clements, that include setting the objective of ending up being a nationally ranked, top-tier honors college; developing a dean position to manage the college; creating a strategic strategy for the college; and relabeling the college to Clemson University Formality College.
The Board also embraced a resolution respectfully asking for the South Carolina General Assembly make a one-time exception to the state’s Heritage Act throughout the 2021 legislative session. This exception would offer restricted authority to the Board to restore Tillman Hall to its original name of the Main Structure. The resolution further affirms that the Board will not be seeking any more exceptions from the Heritage Act beyond this demand.
The actions today followed a deliberative process set in movement by the Board in 2015 when it developed a history task force to tell the complete and complete history of Clemson. Throughout the past few years, the task force has taken several actions including putting up historical markers, recording Clemson founders’ bios, and updating historic signage to better show the complete history. The Board actions today remained in keeping with its worths including integrity, regard, diversity, patriotism, excellence, and self-reliance.
“Our Trustees’ leadership today sends a clear message that Clemson University plans to be a location where all our trainees, employees and visitors feel welcome,” said President Clements. “Our operate in this area is far from finished, but we are devoted to building on the progress we have actually made in the locations of diversity and inclusivity as we make every effort to serve our whole state and the country.”