If board approved, the Department of Management and Organizational Studies will be known as the DAN Department of Management and Organizational Studies!
Excerpt from the Western News:
University Senators wrestled with what’s in a name before approving the rebranding of the Department of Management and Organizational Studies to the DAN Department of Management and Organizational Studies, at their regular meeting last Friday. If approved by the Board of Governors next month, DAN will become the university’s first donor-named department.
“There has been a lot of debate about how you ensure a naming has good longitude, not just on the finance side, but around if the person or the company giving the donation fit with the culture, and if they are the kind of individual you want associated with that particular area,” Kelly Cole, Vice-President (External), explained to Senators. “Aubrey Dan is so engaged, so passionate about what is going on inside the faculty, the department and Western. You have a great match here.”
Calling changes like these a “sensitive matter,” the university’s Naming Policy states the naming of academic entities (programs, departments, schools and faculties) should consider “the appropriate values, determined through review of best practices and recent namings at the university and similar academic institutions across North America.”