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Forrest Hall Task Force


The Tennessee Board of Regents approved a name change of Forrest Hall Friday afternoon, sending the decision to the Tennessee Historical commission. After the Forrest Hall Task Force and University President Sidney McPhee approved the name change in April, the TBR was asked to consider the recommendation and approved unanimously. Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, …

After accepting the Forrest Hall Task Force’s recommendation this morning, MTSU President Sidney McPhee sat down with Sidelines to explain how he came to support the name change of Forrest Hall. How did you come to the conclusion that you did? “There was no ‘aha moment, it was a linear process.’” McPhee explained. “Over time, and of …

Photo by Meagan White // Sidelines Archive The Forrest Hall task force met Tuesday night for their final deliberation before making their recommendation on whether or not to change the name of Forrest Hall. The task force voted to recommend to president Sidney McPhee that the name be changed. “With notable opposition, it is the consensus of …

The Forrest Hall Task Force met on Thursday night to discuss the potential name change of MTSU’s ROTC building. This was the first deliberation meeting of the committee following the three open forums held for community input since November. Chairman Derek Frisby asked the committee to avoid debating “good Forrest vs. bad Forrest,” and to …

Photo by Sarah Grace Taylor // Managing Editor Following the influx of students and faculty demanding a name change of Forrest Hall in 2015, the university appointed a 16-person task force to give MTSU president Sidney McPhee a recommendation on keeping or scrapping the name. The Forrest Hall task force, headed by history professor Derek …

Even if the Forrest Hall task force recommends to rename the building, the decision would only be the first step in the process. Such a measure would still have to pass muster with the Tennessee Board of Regents and proposed to the Tennessee Heritage Protection Act of 2016. While MTSU president Sidney McPhee maintains the …