Texas A&M regents to weigh renaming Academic Building for Perry

Texas A&M's Academic Building will keep its 100-year-old name, according to several sources who told The Eagle this morning that the regents have canceled today's meeting in which they were set to vote on renaming it after Gov. Rick Perry.

Perry, who earlier in the week said through a spokesperson that he'd be honored to have the iconic building with his name on it, is expected to decline the proposal outlined in an agenda. The renaming was the only item on the agenda.

It's unclear if a different building will be named after the governor, who served in the Corps of Cadets and was a yell leader before graduating in 1972.

The cancellation comes two days after current and former A&M students took to social media to express widespread disappointment - and, for some, even disdain - over the suggestion that one of the most beloved buildings would be renamed after a person. Many commenters on news stories, including The Eagle's article, were upset that Perry-appointed regents were positioned to make the decision with little notice and without input from students or former students.

A&M Interim President Mark Hussey said in a statement Tuesday that he was asked by the Board of Regents to give input regarding a possible building naming opportunity to honor Perry for his support of A&M and service to the state.

"I am supportive of honoring Gov. Perry and I asked the development strategy council to provide me input for the board's consideration," Hussey said in the statement, in which he said he provided the information to the board.

His statement does not say what recommendation was made by the council or whether it suggested the Academic Building. Hussey couldn't immediately be reached for comment Thursday.

Asked what kind of feedback The Association of Former Students has received on the issue, Kathryn Greenwade, vice president for the organization, wrote: “Former student opinion on campus matters will often be as diverse as our 386,000 living former students. On this matter, many have expressed their opinions through social media channels and some have reached out directly to The Association to share their thoughts. We have received around 50 emails and phone calls on this topic, with all of these voicing their preference that the Academic Building remain the Academic Building.  We have been and will continue to share all feedback we receive with the Board of Regents.“

 A person answering phones at the regent's office late this morning said she was not aware of the regent's canceling the meeting; it was cancelled over the lunch hour.

Perry is scheduled to be the guest speaker at tonight's graduation convocation on the A&M campus. He couldn't be immediately reached this morning to comment for this story.

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(12) comments

leado

Poor ole little rickey. Even eggie chearleaders have turned on him. Maybe they might want to consider naming Reveille's deposit acreage "Perryville?" Maybe even put the name on a big rock right outside the gates? Gov goodhair should give it up and go on and get started working for the Koch brothers. This is where he's bound to end up anyway.

Aggieteri

The Quack Shack would be a perfect building to rename after Perry!

Aggieteri

I think this is the only smart decision Perry has made in a while. Thank you for declining, sir. You've just made many stop cringing in disgust.

elf

Thank you to all who objected.

Nursingdiva

sorry, meant quack shack!

Peter Witt

The BOR was put in an impossible position by Phil Adams and the Governor. Having created the agenda item, the response was overwhelming, no naming of the Academic Building for Gov 2.2 (as whom he will be ever known)....the only graceful way out was for 2.2 to "decline" and the item be removed. But, for sure something will be named after him in the future...Adams is too good a friend of Perry's to let this go. Not a good day at the governor's mansion...but, a good day at TAMU.

MillieThompsonLaw

Great job to all who voiced their dissent over the re-naming. Name a dorm after him!

the real slim shady

Wouldn't that be Hotard Hall?

Sedrick Gilbert

Common sense prevails! An idiot under felony indictment won't have a historic academic building at a serious university named after him.

Nursingdiva

The Quack Shake is available still!

BECawyer

BOR Special meeting page reflects the cancellation. The article can now be updated to regard a more official announcement. http://www.tamus.edu/regents/meetingmaterials/special/

My Observation

Common sense has prevailed and the BOR actually has listen to our protests, for once!

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