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Honorific Naming

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Herman Schneider Quadrangle and Memorial Bench Dedicated 1953, Rededicated 2006

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An honorific name recognizes a member of the university family for distinguished
service to the university or extraordinary contributions to an academic field.  When
proposing an honorific name, be aware that this type of naming may be
considered only for persons separated from active university service for
five years or more.  The approval process is as follows:

  1. The request is submitted to an academic dean or vice president for
    consideration, as appropriate.  If the proposal is to honor a faculty
    member, the dean seeks input from the department faculty.
  2. The academic dean or vice president consults with the naming
    committee to assess the feasibility of the request.  This discussion
    addresses how the request fits with the long-term aesthetic of the
    campus, as well as whether the request conflicts with current or future
    fundraising plans or donor naming opportunities.  The naming committee
    may determine that the request should in fact become a recognition of
    fiscal or sponsorship support.  In this case, the request will from then on
    follow the process for commemorative naming.
  3. If the naming committee determines that the honorific request is viable and valid, the
    request is forwarded to the Executive Committee of the President's Cabinet.
  4. If approved, the request goes before the President's Cabinet for consideration and
    approval.
  5. Upon Cabinet approval, the Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration brings
    the request before the Board of Trustees.
  6. If the Board approves the request, the Office of Campus Planning and Design begins
    design and implementation.