Salisbury to remove `State' from school name

April 08, 2000

Following the path trod by Towson University two years ago, officials at Salisbury State University have started the process to change the school's name to Salisbury University.

"I think it reflects the new level of maturity this institution has achieved as a mid-size comprehensive university," said Joel Jones, interim president of the school, which started as the State Normal School at Salisbury in 1925 and became Salisbury State College in 1963. Jones also noted that a new name will end complaints from students tired of "Salisbury steak" jokes.

The change would not take place for a year; it needs approval from the University System of Maryland's Board of Regents and the General Assembly. Jones said the delay would allow officials to use up stationery and other supplies bearing the school's name.

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