Forrest Hall Task Force Sets Final Meeting

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The MTSU Forrest Hall task force has set a final public meeting at which it will review written and oral feedback from community organizations regarding a possible name change to the university's ROTC building.

The meeting will be held from 5-7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 24, in the Keathley University Center Theater at MTSU. The university announced last summer that it would engage the community on the name of the campus building that houses MTSU's Army Reserve Officer Training Corps program and is named after Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest.

Campus and community organizations have a deadline of this Thursday, March 17th to electronically submit a position statement to the 17-member task force, according to task force chairman and MTSU professor Derek Frisby.

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The statement should be a maximum of five typed pages and should be emailed in a single PDF or Word attachment to forresthall@mtsu.edu.

Off-campus visitors attending the meeting should obtain a special one-day permit from MTSU's Office of Parking and Transportation.

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This is expected to be the final meeting for such public input and follows public forums on campus in early December and at Lane Agri-Park last month.

MTSU President Sidney McPhee asked the panel to recommend by April whether the building should be renamed; retain the name but with added historical perspective; or recommend that no action or change is warranted.

The Tennessee Board of Regents would have to approve any recommended name change and other state authorities would likely have to give approval as well.

Task force meetings are open to the public. For more information about the task force, including a list of its members, visit www.mtsu.edu/forresthall.

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