CSU trustees OK controversial name changes at Fresno State

Fresno State’s library and football stadium lost their longtime names on Wednesday, for vastly different reasons.

CSU trustees voted unanimously Wednesday afternoon to remove the name of Fresno State’s longtime and now disgraced librarian from its library and to rename the university’s football stadium.

The trustees followed the recommendation of a Fresno State task force and President Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval to remove Henry Madden’s name from the library after historical research by a professor uncovered Madden’s racist and antisemitic views.


For now, the library will be known as the Fresno State Library, or the Library.

In addition, the venue formerly known as Bulldog Stadium will be called Valley Children’s Stadium for at least the next 10 years. Valley Children’s Healthcare signed a 10-year agreement to pay $1 million annually in exchange for the stadium’s naming rights.

The California State University trustee vote on both renaming proposals came on the third day of the board’s meeting in Long Beach. There was no discussion as the items were on the consent agenda.

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