Some alumni upset over name change at Auburn University

former Dean of Students James Foy
former Dean of Students James Foy

By Mark Bullock - bio | email

AUBURN, AL (WSFA) - Some Auburn University alumni have called WSFA 12 News with concerns over the name of the university's new student union.

Unlike the old student union, the new building does not bear the name of former Dean of Students James Foy. The old student union was named for Foy in 1977.

Auburn University officials downplay the controversy, pointing out that the building's popular information desk will still be called the Foy Help Desk. The old student union will also retain the Foy name. It will be renamed Foy Hall and will house offices and classrooms.

Most students interviewed by WSFA 12 News said the were not concerned about the name change.

As of right now, the new building is simply called the Auburn University Student Center. But Auburn officials say the school is willing to offer naming rights to anyone who donates at least half of the $50-million construction cost.

The new student union will hold its official grand opening November 5th.