President’s Cabinet changes process of naming buildings

News Reporter

The President’s Cabinet has approved changes to the University Policy and Procedure Statements (UPPS) involving requirements for changing the names of university buildings.

The approved changes will allow university officials to assess an individual’s overall donation history to recommend naming a building after him or her. The previous language required individuals to donate specific dollar amounts or percentages, said Bill Nance, vice president of finance and support services.

The proposal was approved during an April 6 meeting, said Vicki Brittain, special assistant to the president.

Nance said university officials are still required to recommend potential names to the Texas State University System (TSUS) Board of Regents. Any name changes or suggestions must be approved by TSUS before becoming official, Nance said.

According to UPPS 08.03.01, the old policy, a donor must give at least 51 percent of the cost of construction, 10 percent of operation, one percent of artwork or 35 to 75 percent of the total project for a building to be named after him or her.

A donor would need to give at least 25 percent of the total cost for any changes made to an existing building for it to be named after him or her, according to the old UPPS policy.

The previous requirements for the UPPS have been in effect since 2008, according to the UPPS document.

“The old policy is several years old,” Nance said. “The policy change is more subjective than using a hard-and-fast dollar or percentage base.”

The visual display of text for the name of the building will follow the university’s facilities regulations for signs, said Juan Guerra, associate vice president of facilities.

“We have very specific criteria of the size, shape, coloring and the font of the lettering for the sign,” Guerra said.

According to the university’s construction standards, the sign displaying the name of a building must use uppercase Times New Roman typeface.

Nance said the cabinet also approved changes requiring the president to inform the chancellor of TSUS about possible proposals to use the names of contributors to fundraising campaigns.

“The president will let the chancellor know (about possible proposals) so that the chancellor is in the loop if a motion comes forward to name a building for someone or even a corporate entity,” Nance said.

Nance said the system will let the chancellor know if a fundraising campaign is being conducted.