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Working Group on Naming and Renaming at William & Mary

A working group of administrators, alumni, students, faculty and staff was established to develop principles on the naming and renaming of buildings, spaces and structures at William & Mary. Rector John E. Littel P ’22, on behalf of the Board of Visitors, charged President Katherine A. Rowe with establishing the working group. The Board, the university’s governing body, holds ultimate responsibility for the campus landscape, including building names. The working group, which is advisory to the president, is chaired by Warren W. Buck III M.S. ’70, Ph.D. ’76, D.Sc. ’13. Buck stepped down from the Board of Visitors June 30 and is serving W&M in a new volunteer role as special advisor to the president for equity in the 21st century.

“If any institution can approach complex questions about its institutional memory in evidence-based and nuanced ways, it is a university – and especially this university. Because of William & Mary’s history, we have an obligation to continue the important moral and intellectual work of revisiting whom and what we commemorate. William & Mary has engaged for over a decade in sustained scholarship and forthright self-examination of the institution’s history of slavery and racism. This working group will advance how the university implements the lessons learned, now and for the future.”

— Katherine A. Rowe