As we know, UH-Downtown has been trying to rename itself for over a year and a half now. Its first attempt at picking a new moniker, which would have been Houston Metropolitan University, didn’t go well as nobody really liked the choices or thought there had been enough stakeholder involvement. They’re now trying again, with a new and limited set of options.
Two choices were unveiled today in the first of a series of campus meetings: City University and Houston City University.
Students, faculty, staff and alumni will have a chance to discuss the names over the next few months.
Campus officials started the process again after [University President William] Flores took office last summer, hiring a consulting firm and culminating in [Wednesday's] meetings.
Chuck Reed, senior vice president at Stamats, the consulting firm, flashed the two prospective names on a screen, noting that “City University” would be his top recommendation.
“City is powerful and short,” he said.
It’s also kind of generic. I mean, which city? The City? Some other city? If these are my choices, I’ll take Houston City University, which at least makes it sound like it belongs here. (And I’ll give a shoutout to Mean Green Cougar Red, whose preference was Houston City University at the time the previous renaming process ground to a halt.) The decision will be made in the coming months, so we’ll see who agrees with me and MGCR and who agrees with the consultant dude. What do you think?