University of Richmond board to resume talks on renaming buildings

By: | April 14, 2021

The board of trustees at the University of Richmond says it will reset its review of the controversial names of two campus buildings, while faculty members seek the resignation of a board member for comments he made during a meeting.

After earlier saying the names would not be changed, the board said that it would form a commission to establish principles on renaming, ensuring what it called a “fresh start,” the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.

The announcement came two hours before the faculty senate announced it had ratified a vote of no-confidence in the board’s top member, rector Paul Queally, and called for his resignation. Queally was censured by the faculty senate for comments during a meeting in which seven members of the faculty said he referred to students as Black, Brown and “regular students.” Also, a Black employee said she was interrupted and demeaned by Queally.

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