Memorial University president Vianne Timmons stated that the time was right to change the university’s name to ‘Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador’.
“It’s a really significant time for Labrador,” she added.
It’s not about just changing an acronym. The new name will mean a lot to Labrador and the university.
Timmons talked to the press, expressing her satisfaction:
“I’m so thrilled that Labrador is now included in our provincial university’s name. And it’s long overdue. We’re gonna say we’re Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador from now on. I’m gonna say it in all of my speeches and all of my talks. So to me, it’s done.”
The school’s board of regents approved the name change last week. The school currently known as the Memorial University of Newfoundland will now be called Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. Since the university’s current name is established in provincial legislation, it will take time until it officially adds Labrador to its new name.
Timmons grew up in Labrador City and states that this change means a lot to her.
“Growing up in Labrador as a young girl, the island of Newfoundland sometimes seemed so far away. I really wanted to make sure that our university represented the entire province, which it does. But the next step is to make sure the name reflects that. I think it’s a really significant time for Labrador … and Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador.”