University System of New Hampshire

H. Naming Facilities and Programs

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H. Naming Facilities and Programs

  1. Trustee Authority
    1. The Board of Trustees, under RSA 187-A:16, has plenary authority to manage the operation and affairs of the University System and its component institutions. That authority includes the power to name the facilities and programs of those institutions.
    2. The Board of Trustees delegates to the Financial Affairs Committee the authority to review and make recommendations on proposals to name any of the facilities and programs identified in section 3.1, below.
  2. Delegation of Authority
    1. Each president is authorized to name the programs and facilities at his or her institution other than those identified in section 3.1, below.
  3. Board of Trustees Approval Required
    1. The Board of Trustees reserves to itself the authority to name any permanent building or college or school within an institution.
    2. Any discussions with potential donors which occur prior to final Board of Trustees approval of a name shall be preliminary and non-binding.
  4. Factors to be Considered
    1. In naming a facility or program after a person, whether living or deceased, the Board or a president shall take the following factors into consideration: the person's historical significance, service, philanthropy, and other contributions to the country, state, or University System or any of its component institutions. No facility or program shall be named after a person for partisan political purposes and the Board and each president shall diligently endeavor to avoid even the appearance of such purpose.
    2. No facility or program shall be named after a trustee or employee of the University System or any of its component institutions until at least two years after the individual has left that position.
    3. No facility or program shall be named after an individual who at the time is a declared candidate for elective public office.