U Regents tackle building name changes; one says information incomplete

Regent Michael Hsu tells WCCO the process has to be done right

Sloane Martin
March 20, 2019 - 6:02 am
U of M president Eric Kaler

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A member of the University of Minnesota's governing board says more information is needed before a decision is made on changing the names of four buildings on the Twin Cities campus.  

President Eric Kaler supports the name changes based on a report by a task force that looked into the policies of the former U administrators the buildings are named after. University Regent Michael Hsu tells WCCO's Chad Hartman he's not sure the task force report is complete.

"I don't really see a hurry in this," he said. "I want to make sure we do a good job and do it right. Can you imagine having to look back on this and say, 'Oh we have new information now that suggests that we shouldn't change the name?'"

The task force says some policies of the former administrators were segregationist, but Hsu says those policies need to be looked at within the context of the times during those administrations. Furthermore, he says letters and other evidence in support of those men were not looked at by the task force.