Senate bill to shorten university's name

News Reporter

Texas State will officially drop “-San Marcos” from its name Sept. 1.

According to an April 10 University Star article, the university’s name is being officially changed because state senators voted unanimously to pass Senate Bill 974, authored by Donna Campbell (R-25) and Judith Zaffirini  (D-21). 

According to the bill, the name change was proposed to clear up confusion between the Texas State University Round Rock Campus and the main campus in San Marcos.

Texas State administrators asked the Texas Legislature to amend the university’s name. According to a Jan. 31 University Star article, Provost Eugene Bourgeois said confusion fueling the name change stems from some people thinking the Round Rock Higher Education Center is a second branch of Texas State.

Bourgeois said in the same Star article that administrators want the legislature to make it clear Texas State is one university with two campuses.  He said dropping “-San Marcos” from the school’s name is not an effort to keep Texas State from being seen as a regional school.

“The name change doesn’t have anything to do with that,” Bourgeois said. “This is simply to eliminate confusion.”

Robert Gratz, special assistant to the president, said the school’s official name, “Texas State University-San Marcos,” is used on legal documents, but in most publications the institution is already referred to as Texas State University.

Consumable products such as letterheads and stationary that read “Texas State University-San Marcos” will be used until they run out, according to the legislature’s fiscal note for the bill. Signs displaying the former name will have the “-San Marcos” portion removed, which is not expected to cost the university a significant amount of money.

Bill Nance, vice president for Finance and Support Services, said it cost the university $235,000 to update signs and other property when the 2003 name change occurred.  He said the costs for the name change will be minimal compared to the previous one.