ORONO – A building at the University of Maine‘s Orono campus will no longer be named after the 1920’s university president.
The University of Maine board of trustees voted to change the name of the “Clarence Little Building” due to a petition by students.
According to the UMaine president Joan Ferrini-Mundy, it was time for a change based on the values the university represents.
“We will be providing some kind of plaque or information about the renaming in the building, but clearly it was a unanimous vote by the board of trustees today to go ahead and approve the name change,” said Joan Ferrini-Munday, the president of University of Maine.
Clarence Cook Little served as the president of UMaine in the 1920s.
Officials say he believed in eugenics, or selective breeding, as a way to end human suffering by breeding out disease and undesirable characteristics in the human population.
He was also a spokesperson for the tobacco industry.
According to Ferrini-Mundy, they will come up with a new name for the building in the next few days.