Texas A&M Cancels Plan To Name Building After Rick Perry
Outgoing Texas Governor Rick Perry has declined the honor of having a building named after him after students objected to the university’s move to do so.
[su_thin_right_skyscraper_ad]Texas A&M University regents retreated Thursday on a proposal to name a historic building for distinguished alumnus Gov. Rick Perry, after an uproar among students and on social media turned the honor into a cringe-worthy misstep.
Amid the discord, Perry declined the offer. A special regents meeting to approve the renaming of the Academic Building to the “Governor Rick Perry ’72 Building” was abruptly canceled.
In a speech that Perry delivered at the A&M convocation Thursday night, he said that “upon deep reflection” he had decided to “politely decline this great honor.”
“I do so because certain places on this campus, like our most sacred traditions, transcend any one individual,” Perry said.
The renaming proposal came to light Tuesday when a single agenda item was posted for the special meeting of the regents — all appointed by Perry.
The student Senate hastily launched a petition asking that the name change not occur, and it attracted more than 7,000 signatures in two days.
In addition, student newspaper The Battalion panned the move in an editorial, saying students and alumni should have been given the opportunity to weigh in.
The editorial agreed that Perry — the most famous Aggie “not named Johnny Manziel” — should be recognized. But with any other building, the student journalists argued.
“The regents shouldn’t name the Academic Building after the governor. Not because he’s not qualified, but because no one is,” they wrote.