Tri-State University became Trine University, August 1On Aug 1, 2008, Tri-State University was officially renamed Trine University, as determined by its board of trustees after three years of deliberation. Tri-State President Earl D. Brooks II made a public announcement in May 2007 of the board’s intention to incorporate the name of the Ralph and Sheri Trine family, long-term university supporters and partners, into the new name. [ Read more ]
Updated: MAY 19, 2010
Five years ago, the university hired an educational marketing firm from Minneapolis to help establish a reputation as a premier, private institution. The firm strongly suggested changing the name of the university because of the ambiguity the name Tri-State creates. An ad hoc committee was established to study the issue.
Using information supplied by the marketing firm and their own study of the issue, the committee determined that for Tri-State to become a nationally known private university, the name would have to change. Associations with the word “state” in the name could not be dispelled. The overuse of “Tri-State” for businesses locally, regionally, and across the country, and the numerous, unrelated “Tri-State” Web sites literally buried the university’s identity as an institution of higher learning.
The committee’s recommendation to make the change was brought before the board, which reached a decision to change the name of the university on Aug. 1, 2008. The board also agreed that any new name would include the name “Trine” in recognition of that family’s past and present support of the University.
Dr. Ralph Trine is a 1961 ME graduate. He, his wife, Sheri, and their family are ardent supporters of Tri-State and northeastern Indiana. They are a local business family, and employ over 25 TSU graduates from the schools of business and engineering today. No other family approaches their record of support, engagement, leadership, and service to TSU.
The institution’s evolution is clear. Its recognition in recent years as a comprehensive institution has led to rankings by U.S. News & World Report.
The university has demonstrated significant recent growth. Statistics provided by the Independent Colleges of Indiana show Trine is the fastest–growing private university in the state over the past five years, with an enrollment increase of 48 percent. In the past seven years, the university has completed a $90 million capital campaign, which has routed $45 million into improving the campus, programs, technology and faculty.