Appalachian State University's Board of Trustees has decided to rename two residence halls on campus.

The Watauga Democrat reports that last Friday, the Board unanimously approved a motion for support for Chancellor Sheri Everts' plan to remove the names of Hoey and Lovill from the residence halls, because of their namesake's ties to the Confederacy and segregationist policies.

Aassociate history professor Andrea Burns was tasked with researching and writing reports on Hoey and Lovill. Burns's report indicated it would have been clear to the average voter that in the Reconstruction and post-Reconstruction eras, the Democratic Party stood for a return to white supremacy and its associated policies.

According to the report, Edward Francis Lovill was a colonel in the Confederate Army and was present at Appomattox Court House when Robert E. Lee surrendered. He also served as a Democratic state senator, and secured a bill that would lead to the creation of the Appalachian Training School, where he served on the board of trustees for 20 years. 

Clyde Roark Hoey was also instrumental in the bill that led to the Appalachian Training School, as he served in the NC house and then senate, served as assistant U.S. attorney, a U.S. congressman, North Carolina governor and a U.S. senator. According to the report, Hoey consistently opposed civil rights legislation and he was tapped to lead an investigation of suspected homosexuals working within the federal government.

Last year, App State Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs J.J. Brown established a Building Naming Committee, which has recommended changing the names of all residence halls named after individuals.