AUSTIN (AP) — Southwest Texas State University may soon be Texas State University-San Marcos.
The Texas House on Wednesday gave final approval to legislation that would officially change the name of the San Marcos school. The bill, already approved in the Senate, now goes to Gov. Rick Perry to sign, veto or allow to become law without signing.
The measure was approved without opposition on a voice vote.
The name change would be the university's fifth in its 104-year history. However, it would be the first time the Southwest designation has been removed from the name.
The new name would become effective Sept. 1.
The issue has been hotly debated locally, with students, faculty and alumni squarely on both sides of the fence.
Those in favor of the change say it is necessary to remove the "double regional" designation in the name Southwest; and believe graduates will have a better chance of getting good jobs out of state at the same time the school is able to attract top-quality faculty and staff.
Those opposed have said the Legislature's move has hijacked what they feel to be the domain of the university president and Board of Regents of the Texas State University System, and argue that Texas State University-San Marcos sounds even more regional than the school's current name.