Names change and school names change, too. And they do this to reflect the mission of the school at times. But try as I may, the implication of “Laurel” eludes me. Anyone know?
John Wesley College is currently undergoing its 5th name change since its inception in 1903.
The school, now to be known as Laurel University, has undergone each name change with intentions to “more clearly communicate its mission and focus,” said a spokesperson in a news release. The college’s board of trustees just recently agreed to the name change….
“With the new name choice, the school re-affirms its strong commitment to our interdenominational Christian heritage and mission. We want a name that speaks of a future, a new horizon, that communicates energy and progress with simplicity,” states McCullough. “In addition, our new name needed to be understood internationally. Around the world, the word ‘college’ often designates a K-12 program, not a higher education institution. We desire to clearly indicate our university status, especially now that we offer multiple graduate degrees.”