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WINDOW ROCK, ARIZONA With his signature on approved legislative bill, President Ben Shelly formally changed the name of Navajo Technical College to Navajo Technical University during a signing ceremony Thursday afternoon.
“Navajo Technical College is now Navajo Technical University,”
President Shelly announced immediately after he signed the bill.
The name change became effective immediately with the signing of the legislation by President Shelly. "It is in the best interest of the Navajo Nation to amend Title 2," the legislation stated.
The legislation's primary purpose is to raise academic research standards on the Navajo Nation, according to Navajo Council Delegate Jonathan Hale, who was one of the bill's co-sponsors.
“This is a great day for our institution of higher learning,”
Navajo Technical University President Elmer Guy stated as he witnessed the signing.
"We are thankful that we are moving into a new future with Navajo Technical University. I encourage our children and young people to consider Navajo Technical University to fulfill their educational needs. We are making a change for the better,"
President Shelly said.
Last month, Dr. Elmer Guy urged the committee to approve the legislation and emphasized the college's accomplishment, mentioning college's current six bachelor degree programs, which will soon increase to eight.
Dr. Guy added that the college is working to implement a master's program, the first to be offered on the Navajo Nation.
posted July 27, 2013 6:00 am edt