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Board of Regents Approves President Loh's Recommendation to Change Name of Byrd Stadium to Maryland Stadium

December 11, 2015
Contacts: 

Crystal Brown 301-405-4618

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University System of Maryland Board of Regents voted 12-5 in favor of the recommendation made by University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh to change the name of Byrd Stadium to Maryland Stadium, effective immediately.  

"Continuing the Byrd Stadium name divides us at a time when we need unity more than ever. We must accept the full truth of our past and the possibilities of our future," said University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh.

In response to a student petition requesting that the university rename Byrd Stadium, President Loh formed the Byrd Stadium Naming Work Group in September, chaired by Bonnie Thornton Dill, dean of the College of Arts and Humanities. Comprised of 19 esteemed faculty, staff, students and alumni, the work group represented the diversity of opinions within UMD's campus community. The group was tasked to provide President Loh with a thoughtful and balanced assessment of possible options. 

The work group submitted two reports to President Loh: “Arguments For and Against Changing the Stadium Name and Alternative Considerations” and “President H. C. ‘Curley’ Byrd: Biographical Notes.”

After discussions with a wide range of stakeholders and reviewing the work group reports, President Loh submitted his recommendation that Byrd Stadium be renamed to Maryland Stadium and a set of additional proposed actions to the Board of Regents on Dec. 7. 

In addition to renaming the stadium, the university will (1) memorialize the accomplishments and full legacy of President Byrd in one of UMD's main libraries and (2) institute a five-year moratorium on changing honorific building names. Independently, the university will (3) launch early next semester a campus-wide “Maryland Dialogues on Diversity and Community” to help bridge the divides on campus—and in the nation at large—and spur meaningful institutional change.