Governor Hickenlooper to sign Adams State University bill May 19


All campus and community members are invited to celebrate the transformation of Adams State College to Adams State University, May 19. Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper will sign the bill into law at a signing ceremony beginning at 2:30 p.m. on the south patio of McDaniel Hall. A reception will follow. (Convenient parking available in the new lot just east of McDaniel Hall, at First & Richardson.)

"We are very excited about entering a new phase as a university. It is a logical next step for Adams State. We have been operating at this level for some time," said Adams State President David Svaldi. "We truly appreciate the support of the State Legislature and especially of the bill's co-sponsors, House Representative Ed Vigil and State Senator Gail Schwartz."

Both legislators will speak at the ceremony. Alamosa Mayor Kathy Rogers will present a proclamation declaring August, 2012, as the Month of Adams State University. The name change will be official Aug. 7, 2012, effective with the fall 2012 semester (2012-13 academic year). The college's Board of Trustees voted to pursue the name change Aug. 26, after exploring the issue for three years. The bill passed out of the state Senate April 11.

This will be the institution's fifth name since its founding 91 years ago to prepare public school teachers for rural Colorado. Adams State Normal School opened in 1925; in 1929 the name was changed to Adams State Teachers College of Southern Colorado, then shortened in 1938 to Adams State Teachers College. The current name was adopted in 1946 in recognition of the broader offering of under-graduate liberal arts programs and the expansion of graduate degree programs.

More about Adams State's transition to University.

By Julie Waechter