A symbolic change for the four primary academic units at Missouri Southern was approved during the Jan. 16 of the Board of Governors.

Board members voted unanimously during the regular session to change the name of the university’s academic areas – Arts & Sciences, Business, Health Sciences and Teacher Education – from “School of” to “College of.”

“When we changed the name of Missouri Southern State College to Missouri Southern State University in 2003, we didn’t make the commensurate switch to calling our schools ‘colleges,’” said Dr. Paula Carson, provost/vice president of academic affairs. “It’s something we’ve been working toward. We’ve grown our graduate programs and our focus on research – all those things that are hallmarks of a university.”

“Our faculty and academic structures have worked very hard to earn the right to use the title ‘College.’ And it’s also a great opportunity for us to recognize the academic contributions of Dr. Marble as he’s concluding his presidency.”

“We’re very grateful to the board for allowing us to make this change. The symbolism is enormously impactful to all of us on campus.”