By Dave Harmon
Only today’s final House vote and Gov. Rick Perry’s signature stand between Southwest Texas State University and Texas State University-San Marcos.
The House on Monday gave preliminary approval to a bill sponsored by Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, to change the name of the state’s sixth-largest university on Sept. 1. Senate Bill 1942 had passed the Senate on May 15.
The change has been debated by Bobcat students and alumni for years. Proponents say the name Southwest Texas State doesn’t reflect the growing stature of the 26,000-student school.
The House rejected an amendment by Rep. Warren Chisum, R-Pampa, that would have required a vote by students and alumni. Other opponents have said there are already two TSUs — Tarleton State and Texas Southern universities.
The bill’s House sponsors, including Rep. Patrick Rose, D-Dripping Springs, said the name change has broad support among students and alumni.
The school’s name has changed five times since the school started in 1903.