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NEOUCOM Name Officially Changed to Northeast Ohio Medical University


At a special gathering held April 29, 2011, in the Governor’s Ceremonial Office at the Ohio State House, Governor John Kasich publicly signed House Bill 139 as approved by the Ohio General Assembly to officially change the name of the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine (NEOUCOM) to Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED).

“This is an exciting time for the University,” said President Jay A. Gershen, D.D.S., Ph.D. “The approval of the name change celebrates the significant growth and success the University has experienced in its 38-year history. This new name affirms our place as one of the 14 public universities in Ohio. We are now positioned to develop our brand as a premier health sciences university that serves the needs of citizens in Northeast Ohio and throughout the state and nation.”

As the University celebrates the new name, graduates from the class of 2011, which include the inaugural class from the College of Pharmacy, received one the first “official” documents with the Northeast Ohio Medical University name – a diploma. The University completed a hard launch of the new name and brand on Aug. 15, 2011, to provide adequate time to convert internal operations such as email, business cards and signage.

Before making the decision to pursue a name change, the University underwent a naming and branding review that included focus groups, surveys and extensive interviews with faculty, staff, students and alumni, as well as external partners and community leaders. The results of the research were presented to the NEOUCOM Board of Trustees, who after careful and thoughtful deliberation, unanimously voted to approve to move a name forward for further consideration.

Introduced as House Bill 139, State Representative Todd McKenney carried the bill in the House of Representatives where it passed 94 to 1. Senator Tom Sawyer carried the bill on the Senate Floor where it passed 32 to 0 before being presented to Governor Kasich. This legislation includes an emergency clause which provides that it becomes law immediately upon being signed by the governor.

Significance of the name:

Northeast  Ohio recognizes the University’s history, heritage and the geographic area it serves

Medical in recognition of its education, research and service mission in medicine, pharmacy, graduate research and graduate studies

University in recognition of its three colleges in medicine, pharmacy and graduates studies and its status as one of the 14 public universities serving Ohio citizens