The West Virginia University School of Physical Education enters a new era July 1 when it officially changes its name to the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences.

The name change, effective with the new fiscal year, was approved by the WVU Board of Governors.

The transition to the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences continues to evolve as we plan ahead,said Dean Dana Brooks.As outlined in the 10-year WVU master plan, the college is looking forward in the coming years to moving to our new home adjacent to the Student Recreation Center.

The new name will more accurately reflect current academic programs and a new dual department structure established in fall 2007 with the creation of the Department of Coaching and Teaching Studies and the Department of Sport Sciences. The school is in the process of appointing permanent chairs for each department.

The process to establish a new name formally began in January 2006, when the Office of the Dean in the School of Physical Education established the Name Change Task Force, a group composed of faculty, staff and administrators. The task force was asked to propose a new name that reflected the schools diversity of academic disciplines.

Members of the task force reviewed several hundred names of colleges and schools within the United States that housed one or more of the current academic programs in the School of Physical Education at WVU . The group decided that the final name selected must best meet certain criteria, including growth opportunities, existing programs on campus, effective communication and marketing appeal.

Based on the criteria, the task force identified five potential names that were included in a survey distributed to undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff members, as well as the schools visiting committee. Based on the results of the survey, the task force submitted its recommendation to the Office of the Dean.

It was the unanimous recommendation of the task force to the Office of the Dean that the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences be designated as the new title of the school,Brooks added.

A public celebration of the schools name change is being planned for the fall semester, with a date to be announced at a later time, said Kimberly Cameon, program coordinator for fundraising and development.

WVU s School of Physical Education offers degrees in athletic coaching education and physical education teacher education, and also offers a wide variety of physical education courses to the student body. It also offers degrees in athletic training, sport and exercise psychology, and sport management. Both faculty and academic programs of the school have achieved state, regional and national recognition. The Doctor of Philosophy degree in kinesiology offered by the School of Physical Education is the only such program in West Virginia.