AUGUSTA, Maine — University College of Bangor is getting a new name: the University of Maine at Augusta-Bangor.
A subcommittee of the University of Maine System board of trustees approved the name change unanimously early Monday afternoon. The full trustee board was expected to give the change final approval later in the day.
University of Maine at Augusta President Allyson Hughes Handley told board members that the facility has had at least 11 name changes in its history, which began in the late 1960s. Monday’s name change would help identify the Bangor facility more closely with its parent organization, UMA, said Handley. She said the new name was the result of a months-long process that has involved administrators, faculty and students.
“This is a comprehensive and well-supported decision,” said Handley. “I think it’s an important step to broadening our branding activities in the future.”
Gillian Jordan, dean of University of Maine at Augusta-Bangor, agreed.
“I see this as an opportunity to strengthen our connection with the University of Maine at Augusta,” said Jordan. “It’s an excellent opportunity for our campus.”
Jordan said the name change will help the institution’s efforts to expand its baccalaureate program offerings, an initiative that has been ongoing since about 1995.
The Bangor campus, located on Maine Avenue, currently serves approximately 1,000 students and has about 70 faculty members, said Jordan.