Fort Lewis College considering name change

Meg Hilling
December 02, 2017 12:13 PM

DURANGO, Colo. – Fort Lewis College in Durango is looking to change its name and is asking the community for input.


"Our concern is, is 'university' versus 'college' helping or hurting us in the marketplace? Is it helping or hurting our students as they graduate?" said Mark Jastorff, vice president for advancement at FLC.

The renaming effort is part of a long-term strategic plan for improvements at the school, with the goal of having a new name ready come 2019's legislative session.

"Our product is people, right?  And if it is a marketplace advantage or disadvantage in the name, as simple as 'university' or 'college,' then that is a big deal," Jastorff said. "It is very much a big deal."

The school is still in the early stages of the renaming process, so Jastorff said it is hard to say what the final outcome is going to be. While the entire name is up to debate, many students seem to be keying in one specific aspect of the new name – and that is whether or not the school will be known as a college or a university.

"Changing the name from 'college' to 'university' could add more credibility to the school and make it more attractive to prospective students," said FLC student Douglas DuPont.

"I think that it should stay like Fort Lewis University or something along the lines still, including Fort Lewis," said another student, William Berger.

As for the mascot, school officials say it will remain the Skyhawk regardless of a name change.



Meg Hilling

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