MURFREESBORO, TN – UPDATE: Task Force recommends the name Forrest Hall to be changed.
MTSU’s Forrest Hall task force met Thursday night in the Sam Ingram building on campus to debate whether to recommend a name change for the ROTC building or take no action at all.
This meeting comes after three public forums which were held about the building dedicated to Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest.
The meeting was for deliberation only and not public input. Several members of the task force offered their input on which direction to go.
Chairman of the Task Force and faculty member of Global Studies Derek Frisby, offered his suggestion with naming it after MTSU alumni Joe Nunley Sr.
“We don’t have a single honor for an MTSU faculty member,” said Frisby.
Frisby continued stating that, “When you think of MTSU you think of Joe Nunley.”
Other members offered their suggestions on what to do with the name.
President of the MTSU Alumni Association Tony Beard said, “What if we ask the students? We don’t go to school here anymore. We are a different campus.”
We went out and asked students on campus what should be done, and most them are split on the idea.
“I believe every student should have a voice on campus,”said MTSU Student Jamaura Haylee.
Then student Nayana Wexler said, “If it’s been here for this long, why change it?”
By the end of the meeting, Frisby recommended they meet again Tuesday, April 19th to deliberate in more detail before making a decision.
MTSU President Sidney McPhee asked the panel to recommend by April whether the building should be renamed; retain the name but with added historical perspective; or recommend that no action or change is warranted.
The Tennessee Board of Regents would have to approve any recommended name change and other state authorities would likely have to give approval as well.
For more information about the task force, including a list of its members, visit http://www.mtsu.edu/forresthall.