Bangor campus considers new name

The University College of Bangor. (Bangor Daily News/Gabor Degre)
The University College of Bangor. (Bangor Daily News/Gabor Degre)
Posted Dec. 10, 2010, at 6:57 p.m.

To University College of Bangor, a lot.

For the 12th time since the school was founded in 1968, the undergraduate higher education institution located on the former Dow Air Force Base near Bangor International Airport will undergo a name change.

Gillian Jordan, dean of the school, which is an affiliate of the University of Maine at Augusta, said a several-month process to solicit comment from faculty, staff, alumni and community members is complete.

Jordan and the UCB advisory board met last spring to talk about a name change. A committee was formed to solicit input. Two public forums were held on campus. A survey was sent to as many people as possible.

Out of that process, three finalists emerged: University of Maine-Augusta, Bangor Campus; Bangor Campus of University of Maine-Augusta; and no change.

Jordan, who said the UCB board would present a recommendation to UMA President Allyson Hughes-Handley next week, said the choice is likely to be one of the first two options.

“Most people we reached out to were supportive of a change. I think we wanted to clear up any confusion,” Jordan said. “We’re part of the university system, not the community college system, but our name doesn’t reflect that.”

It doesn’t help that the school itself has changed considerably over the years. Before 1996, UCB was affiliated with the University of Maine in Orono and offered solely associate degrees.

“Most people still remember us as part of Orono. We’ve made significant changes. We’re no longer just an associate degree school, but a four-year regional baccalaureate institution.

“I think we get lost in the shuffle a little bit with Eastern Maine Community College, Husson University and Orono all in the same area, but we have about a thousand students,” Jordan said. “We’re larger than most people realize.”

The campus has been University College of Bangor since 1986. Before that, some of the names included: South Campus, University of Maine at Bangor (1968); University of Maine at Bangor, Penobscot Valley Community College (1970); and the Bangor Community College of the University of Maine at Orono (1974).

If Hughes-Handley approves the change, it likely would go into effect next spring.

BDN librarian Charlie Campo contributed to this report.

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