In March, the Metro State Board of Trustees voted to go with the name Denver State University and the decision needs to be approved from the state legislature.
However, the board voted unanimously on Thursday to postpone the name change until 2012 after a special meeting due to the recent concerns expressed by officials with the University of Denver that the new name might be too similar.
Metro State President Stephen Jordan said, "It's not just about the name change. It's about the extent to which this institution serves this community," but it does not get the same level of support as other institutions.
It's important for the public to know that "the alumni, faculty and students are unified in this motion," said Board Chair Robert Cohen, who said he was proud of the efforts students and alumni had put forth at the capitol and in the community in advocating Denver State University as the new name.
Thursday afternoon, Jordan delivered two resolutions to a State Senate confirmation hearing.
First, the school will officially withdraw plans for the name change initiative from the 2011 legislative session.
Second, "A Resolution of the Board of Trustees of Metropolitan State College of Denver in Support of its Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Stakeholders," will highlight Metro State's role in the Denver area.
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