The Johnson-Lyndon merger means big changes ahead for two Vermont State Colleges, including a new name.
VSC Board of Trustees says it will save $2 million a year once the merger is fully implemented, but first the board has to decide what goes on the diploma.
On Thursday, the board voted to merge Lyndon State College and Johnson State College with two distinct campuses.
With changes on the way, VSC Chancellor Jeb Spaulding says they won’t happen overnight.
“We need to work with the U.S. Department of Education to make sure that financial aid is not disturbed in any fashion for the students at the Johnson or Lyndon campuses.”
He says the board is hashing out a lot of unknowns. On the top of the list is the name of the new college.
It’s guaranteed to have both Lyndon and Johnson in the re-brand.
“So for example, if it were Vermont State College, it would be Vermont State College Lyndon and Vermont State college Johnson,” says Spaulding.
Another option thrown out, “Northern Vermont State University Johnson” and “Northern Vermont State University Lyndon”.
If you’re a student on track to graduate after the merger, you may be wondering what school name will be on your diploma.
“What they would like to do, we need to confirm it with authorities, is give you a choice,” says Spaulding. Since you started at Johnson or Lyndon you can get that diploma or you can get the diploma from the new institution.”
VSC has confirmed with the NCAA that Lyndon and Johnson can maintain their own mascots and sports teams at each of their campuses.
Spaulding is confident, the merger will be a positive change for all.
“We can expand opportunities for students, become more competitive for new students and shore up our financial foundation.”
The board says it plans to make name the new combined institution on or before December 1.