University Committee on Naming Honors


Appointed in 2019, the University Committee on Naming Honors (Committee) was charged with reviewing contested names and developing recommendations for leadership. In October 2020, President Fenves and Provost Love reappointed the Committee, expanding its scope and membership to represent a broader range of campus voices.

The Committee’s charge

Serving in an advisory capacity to the president, the University Committee on Naming Honors will examine new names for and review contested historic names associated with buildings, spaces, programs, scholarships, and other celebratory titles that honor individuals. 

Furthering work done by previous committees and using as a guide the “Proposed Principles for Bestowing Naming Honors at Emory University,” developed by the Task Force on Legacies, the Committee is authorized to:

  • review historic names associated with buildings, spaces, programs, scholarships, and other honors that have become contested. It may conduct historical research on names submitted for review and evaluate the appropriateness of the reviewed names of buildings, locations, named professorships, and other honorific titles; and 
  • conduct research on potential new names submitted for evaluation.

Committee chair

Fred Smith Jr.

Committee Chair and Associate Professor of Law, Emory School of Law

More about Fred Smith Jr.

A complete list of Committee members will be posted here once finalized.

Timeline

The Committee will submit a report with a summary of findings on each name reviewed, including recommendations for name changes, to President Fenves by April 1, 2021.

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