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TU President Dr. Andy Sheppard addresses faculty and staff during the annual Fall Convocation held Wednesday, Aug. 17, inside Smith-Bonvillian Hall.


Thomas University renames Thomasville campuses

Since Thomas University purchased the former Magnolia School property in 2011, TU has had two campuses – Main Campus and Magnolia Campus. Now both campuses have new names.

Thomas University President Dr. Andy Sheppard announced the name changes during TU’s Fall Convocation, held Wednesday, Aug. 17, in the Flowers Foods Executive Classroom inside Smith-Bonvillian Hall.

The Magnolia Campus, located at the intersection of South Pinetree Boulevard and Magnolia Street, will now be known as the Magnolia Campus. The new name pays homage to the former Magnolia High School, which previously occupied the site.

“It’s important that we recognize the history of our university of which Magnolia High School is now an important part,” Sheppard said. “I’m especially grateful to both the Magnolia alumni association and the Magnolia community for their support and dedication to teaching and learning.”

TU’s Main Campus, located at the intersection of Millpond Road and South Pinetree Boulevard, will now be called the Forbes Campus. The new name references the Forbes Building, TU’s administration building, and the Honorable W. Cameron Forbes, original owner of Birdwood Plantation, which became Thomas University. Forbes was the Governor General of the Philippines, Ambassador to Japan and grandson of Ralph Waldo Emerson.

“By using the Forbes Campus name, we’ve got a daily nod to TU’s history,” Sheppard said. “While Thomas University is only 66 years old, our connection to the community runs much deeper. Naming the Main Campus after W. Cameron Forbes reinforces that historic connection.”

Both name changes go into effect immediately.

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