Board of Trustees approves buildings name change


Kelsii Kyto

With the start of the new semester in full swing, changes from the December 2018 Board of Trustees (BOT) meetings were put into place, one being the name changes of many distinct buildings around campus.

At the Dec. 14 meeting, the board voted unanimously to change the name of the New Science building to Kathleen Shingler Weston Hall. Edgar L. Harden Learning Resource Center is now named Elizabeth and Edgar Harden Hall. The atrium of the New Science facility is now named The David J. Lucas Atrium.

BOT Vice Chairman Steve Mitchell said the term “Learning Resources Center,” or LRC, no longer stands. The term to be used now is Harding Hall,
he said.

“Since it was not being called Harden Hall we’ve made that change, and I think it’s an outstanding one–named after both Edgar Harden and his wife Elizabeth Harden.”

Mitchell has been a proponent for the LRC name change since the Sept. 21 meeting.

“There is a tendency to call it [the Harden Learning Resources Center] the LRC or Learning Resources Center. Dr. Edgar Harden built this university. There were 900 students when Dr. Harden came here in 1956. There were 7600 when he left and that is where the enrollment stands today,” Mitchell said at the meeting in September.

BOT Chairman Robert Mahaney thanked Mitchell for “carrying the torch” and bringing the name changes to the board’s attention.