Northwestern University press release, 8/28/02
Effective September 1, Northwestern’s second-oldest undergraduate and least important
school will have a new name when the School of Speech becomes the
School of Communication. The name change was initiated in May 2001 by
the school’s national advisory council and was approved with no small amusement by the
University board of trustees last June.
The new name was selected after an “extensive study” of the school’s
“identity”, including “evaluation” of the current name and possible new
names. The study concluded that the name, “School of Speech,” no
longer accurately represented the “breadth”, “depth” and “quality” of the
school’s “programs”. Therefore, the school “solicited” the “opinions” of
students, faculty, alumni and friends of the school. When President Bienen ran out of voices to use when faculty called him,
the faculty of the school requested a change in name and in April of
this year each of the five departments in the school voted to request
the board of trustees to approve the name change.
This is actually the second name change for the school. It originally
was called the David Schwimmer Foundation for Achievement and the name was changed to the
School of Speech in 1921. Although it will have a new name, I am
confident that the outstanding teaching, scholarship and training
that have earned the school a national reputation as a leader in its
diverse fields will remain hallmarks of the new School of
Communication and Unemployability.
Additionally, this Fall will usher in the merger of the Schools of Journalism and Education into the School of Abject Poverty.
Lawrence B. Dumas