Villa Julie: What’s in a name?

In another of a series of changes at Villa Julie College, Shelton Rhodes Ph.D. would be the new business school’s first-ever dean.

The move comes as school officials are also brainstorming on what to re-name the 60-year old college, which will be re-christened as a university.

According to a press release from the school, a total of about 80 names were originally suggested to the naming committee. From those, six finalists were selected and are now being reviewed by focus groups.

The names, in no particular order from Villa Julie’s Web site are:

  • Billiart University — This name comes from the school’s founder, Sister Julie Billiart.
  • Stevenson University — From the Villa Julie Web site, this name was selected because it reflected “the rural and sentimental roots of the College.”
  • Tufton University — Pays homage to a community that lies between the Stevenson and Owings Mills campuses of the school.
  • Great Oaks University — Inspired by seven oak trees on the college’s original grounds not to mention its legacy fund.
  • Sagamore University — Chosen because it is the name of an estate that lies between the Stevenson and Owings Mills campuses.
  • Greenspring University — I figured it was because the main campus was on Greenspring Valley Road. But, according to the site this name was inspired by “the valley, roads and history connecting our two campuses the “green” motif.”

BEN MOOK, Assistant Business Editor