Task Force Considers Changing Name of the Stadium at the University of Maryland

A new task force appointed by Wallace Loh, president of the University of Maryland, is considering the renaming of Byrd Stadium on the College Park campus. The stadium is named after Dr. H.C. Byrd who was head football coach and later president of the university from 1935 to 1954.

The effort to rename the stadium was prompted by a student petition submitted earlier this year. The petition said that the “University of Maryland prides itself on diversity and acceptance. The school should not have a major campus landmark named after a president that did not believe in that diversity.” The students pleaded with administrators to “not alienate minority students by glorifying a president that would not want them to attend.”

The student government passed a resolution supporting the petition saying that “during Byrd’s tenure he barred Blacks from participating in sports and enrolling into the University until 1951.”

The final decision on whether or not to rename the stadium would be made by the Maryland Board of Regents.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Get the JBHE Weekly Bulletin

Receive our weekly email newsletter delivered to your inbox

Latest News

Fayetteville State University Establishes Transfer Agreement with Wake Technical Community College

The new partnership will provide qualified students from Wake Technical Community College with guaranteed admission to Fayetteville State University upon completion of their associate's degree.

Three Black Scholars Taking On New Faculty Positions

The faculty appointments are James Haywood Rolling Jr. at Syracuse University in New York, Elias Towe at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and Roderic Pettigrew at Texas A&M University.

Howard University Receives Record-Breaking 36,000 Applicants for Class of 2028

The class of 2028 applicant pool at Howard University increased by 4,000 applications compared to last year's class of 2027. This year, the university's acceptance rate was roughly 31 percent, down five percentage points from last year.

Laquala Dixon Honored by National Association of Student Personnel Administrators for Service as HBCU Liaison

A member of the NASPA since 2013, Dr. Dixon was honored with the 2024 Sankofa Award for her commitment and contributions to the organization as the HBCU liaison for the Black Diaspora Knowledge Community.

Featured Jobs