SANTA FE, N.M. — Northern New Mexico College is now Northern New Mexico University, according to a media release from the school.
The name change was approved by a unanimous vote of Northern’s board of regents on Tuesday. The change came on the recommendation of the school’s Academic Affairs Committee, according tot he release.
Pedro Martinez, a provost and vice-president of academic affairs, said the name change was long overdue.
“The term University reflects the depth and breath of our academic offerings, and we are continuing to add more,” he said.
President Nancy Barceló said the name change would reduce confusion between the school’s component colleges and the university as a whole. She added that it would help the institution be regarded with equal status as other state institutions, such as Western New Mexico and New Mexico Highlands.
The name change does not constitute a change in the school’s status or offerings.
Northern, with campuses in Española and El Rito, currently offers 13 bachelor’s degree programs and in recent years has expanded post-baccalaureate opportunities through partnerships with other schools.