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.
President Schatzel sent a message to the university community on June 21, 2021 that the USM Board of Regents supported TU’s request to rename Paca
House and Carroll Hall. This fall, TU will begin work to establish new names for the
buildings. In the interim, Paca House will be designated as West Village 1 and Carroll
Hall will be designated as West Village 2.
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:
- Johnathan Beckett Jr., graduate student
- Kameron Chung, undergraduate student
- Andrew Diemer, associate professor of history
- Paul-Sean Gray, alumnus and TU Foundation board member
- Theresa Jenkins, TU Staff Senate president and representative
- Deguene Ndiong, Student Government Association president and representative
- Desirée Rowe, Academic Senate vice chair and representative
- Ashley Todd-Diaz, assistant librarian for Special Collections and University Archives
- Vernon J. Hurte, vice president for student affairs and committee chair