MUW pushes ahead with name change

Published 10:55 pm Saturday, October 18, 2008

Mississippi University for Women will market test three proposed new names for the school.

MUW President Claudia Limbert told the editorial board of the Hattiesburg American that she wants a name that rids the university of its image as a finishing school for girls.

Men have attended MUW in Columbus since 1981.

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Limbert says after a marketing firm tests three proposed names, a recommendation will go to the College Board and then to the Legislature.

Limbert said she is not sure how the Legislature will react to a name change and that many alumnae have lobbied against it.

Limbert says she has no preference for a name or any rules that it has to include “Mississippi.”