BLUE MOUNTAIN, Mississippi (AP) — A private Baptist institution of higher learning in northern Mississippi is changing its name.
Blue Mountain College Trustees have approved the new name of Blue Mountain Christian University. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal said the transition is underway. The 2023 freshman class will be the first to attend under the new name.
This is the latest name change for an institution that began in 1873 as the Blue Mountain Female Institute. The private college was independently owned and operated until it was turned over to the Mississippi Baptist Convention in 1920.
President Barbara McMillin said Friday that the college wants to be “clear and bold about our beliefs, about who we are as a Christian college.”
Another reason for the change: McMillin said the “university” designation reflects Blue Mountain’s growth and complexity. Blue Mountain began offering graduate studies in 2007, beginning with a Master of Education program.
Blue Mountain also recently announced plans to establish a nursing school as it launches a new nursing program in 2023.
The name change follows six months of conversations with constituents and a supporting resolution from the alumni association.
“Blue Mountain College was founded in 1873 and we are on the eve of our 150th anniversary,” McMillin said. “As we enter this new era, we are ready to bring about this change.”
The university will retain its mascot, the Toppers, and the same school colors, but its logo will change.
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