Task Force on Building Names and Institutional History

The Task Force on Building Names and Institutional History was convened in fall 2018 to review the four Twin Cities campus buildings mentioned in the exhibit, A Campus Divided, and the MSA Resolution to Rename Coffman Union (pdf), and recommend actions to the administration. President Eric Kaler and Executive Vice President and Provost Karen Hanson convened this task force to build upon the body of work completed by the President’s and Provost’s Advisory Committee on University History (the Coleman Committee) during the 2017-18 academic year.

In an update to the Twin Cities campus in September 2018, President Kaler identified efforts around building naming and institutional history as one of his top priorities for 2018-19, and outlined next steps to that end. Further updates will be posted on this site as the long- and short-term discussions move forward.