Naming Principles Commission

The University of Richmond’s Naming Principles Commission was established by the President and the Board of Trustees in May 2021. Composed of faculty, staff, student, alumni, and Trustee representatives, and assisted by external experts and advisors, the Commission has been charged with developing clear and rigorous principles to provide consistent guidance for future decisions at the University of Richmond related to namings and across applications of names (e.g., buildings, professorships, programs, etc.).

The Commission began work in August 2021 and has been asked to submit its final recommendations to the President in the spring semester of the 2021-2022 academic year.

This site contains updates on the Commission’s progress.

The Commission welcomes the perspectives of all members of the University community and can be reached here. Throughout its work, the Commission will also consult extensively with members of the University community to gain an understanding of the range of perspectives to inform its recommendations. These efforts will include a comprehensive survey of faculty, staff, students, alumni, and parents to be conducted in fall 2021, as well as meetings and fora.