JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Arkansas State University's Student Services Center/Student Union has a new name.
The ceremony was held on Friday to rededicate the building and renamed it to the Carl R. Reng Student Union. The buildings formal title was the Reng Student Services Center/Student Union.
The decision to rededicate the facility was proposed by the Student Union Advisory Council and the Student Government Association, and was approved by the ASU Board of Trustees in September.
"Dr. Carl R. Reng provided steadfast leadership as he guided the growth of the institution that became Arkansas State University during his tenure as president," said interim chancellor Dan Howard.
Reng came to the Arkansas State College in 1951 when the small regional college had an enrollment of 863 students, and the faculty numbered 82 members. When he retired in 1975 the school had evolved into a major educational institution with more than 7,300 students, taught by 342 faculty members and had become Arkansas State University.
Students and faculty agree that the name change is a simpler way to identify the facility while still honoring the achievements and the name of the former school president.