Towson University’s Paca House and Carroll Hall Naming Review Committee will review
the names of Paca House and Carroll Hall, two TU residence halls located in West Village.
Open Call For Prospective Names
The Residence Hall Naming Committee invites the TU community to submit prospective
names to be considered for West Village 1 and West Village 2 (formerly Paca House
and Carroll Hall). Submissions should be no longer than 750 words, providing rationale
for why the prospective name is being recommended. Prospective names must not be limited
to a person (living or deceased); however, if the name of an individual(s) is submitted,
the submission must include supporting details based on the criteria included in 06-04.00 - Policy on Naming of Facilities and Academic Programs.
Submissions should be made no later than Monday, March 14, 2022 to namingcommittee AT_TOWSON.
Questions may also be sent to namingcommittee AT_TOWSON.
As expressed in TU’s facility naming policy, the committee will “ensure that Towson University facilities, buildings, and programs
are named consistently with the university’s principles, ideals, and values.” Additionally,
the committee, made of representatives from TU’s shared governance bodies (i.e., faculty,
staff and students) and the Office of Inclusion & Institutional Equity, will determine how the recommended name meets the following six specific criteria
outlined in the policy:
- Facilities and programs should be named for scholars and other distinguished individuals
who are/were prominent in their field or endeavor and/or have contributed meaningfully
to Towson University or to the State of Maryland.
- One year must pass before the name of an individual who is formerly affiliated with
the University, or held public office and/or has been employed by the USM or the State
of Maryland may be considered for honorific naming.
- The legacy of the namesake should be aligned with the mission and values of the university.
- The individual’s work inspires effective, ethical leaders, and engaged citizens.
- The individual’s work crafts solutions that would enrich the culture, society, economy,
and/or environment of Maryland, the region, and beyond.
- Facilities and programs can also be named for prominent geographic landmarks in the
State of Maryland
As progress on the residence hall renaming moves forward, updates will be posted here
for transparency and with the intention to keep the TU community informed.
The Paca House and Carroll Hall Naming Review Committee is representative of TU’s shared governance bodies — faculty, staff and students
— and includes the following members:
|Vernon J. Hurte
||Vice President for Student Affairs and Committee Chair
||Student Government Association President and Representative
||Associate Professor of History
||Alumnus and TU Foundation Board Member
||Academic Senate Chair and Representative
||TU Staff Senate President and Representative
||Assistant Librarian for Special
Collections and University Archives