CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Officials are Oregon State University announced that Avery Lodge, Benton Hall, and Benton Annex will be renamed.
“The names of all buildings and places play a very important role in our university,” Ray said. “They speak to the 149-year history of OSU, the university’s values and mission, and our efforts to create an inclusive community for all."
University President Ed Ray said Joseph Avery's efforts to advance slavery in the 1850s was inconsistent with Oregon State's values.
As for Benton Hall and Annex, Ray said the names were meant to honor the residents of Benton County. However, some people may conclude the buildings were meant to honor former US senator Thomas Benton who pushed for the removal of Native Americans from tribal lands and was not in favor of abolishing slavery.
The names of Arnold Dining Center and Gill Coliseum will not change.
“While not everyone will agree with the outcomes, I believe this process is proof that at OSU, we productively and positively take on tough issues and collaborate," said Ray.