May 20-21, 1999
ITEM 103-1601-R0599 Authorization of Name Change Proposal: Name Change from Main Auditorium to the David Beier Auditorium; Western Montana College of The University of Montana
THAT: The Board of Regents of Higher Education authorizes Western Montana College of The University of Montana to change the name of the Auditorium to the David Beier Auditorium.
EXPLANATION: Prior to his unexpected death on March 12, 1999, Professor of Music David H. Beier served as one of the Colleges major liaisons to the arts and cultural community of Southwest Montana. Widely respected for both his academic achievements and enthusiasm for the arts, Professor Beier was awarded Professor Emeritus status by the Board of Regents.
Several years ago, Professor Beier began a concerted effort to identify funding for the renovation of Main Auditorium. The Main Auditorium was constructed in the 1950s and is in need of major renovation. Professor Beier undertook the challenge. In conjunction with the Western Montana College Foundation, planning funds were identified and implementation plans were developed and are being continued.
In the opinion of campus and community leaders, the facility and efforts to renew the facility, so dear to the heart of Professor Beier, should bear his name. Hence, we propose the name change from Main Auditorium to the David Beier Auditorium.