Not everyone is on board with the plan. reported.

Changing the University of Akron’s name draws strong opposition

Ohio – Changing the University of Akron’s name, perhaps to Ohio Polytechnic Institute, is drawing strong opposition.

A name change may not be imminent. But it could result from new President Scott Scarborough’s plans to “reposition the university for the greatest potential for sustained growth,” which the university said he will discuss in a speech before the City Club of Cleveland on May 15.

Since March, when Scarborough confirmed a name change was one of many ideas brainstormed during planning sessions, little has been revealed.

But rumors led to a online petition on to keep the current name and a faculty survey by the university’s chapter of the American Association of University Professors.

The petition, started on Wednesday by alumna Jessica Kaisk, said Scarborough has initiated a plan to change the name of the university to Ohio Polytechnic Institute.

The petition to stop the name change had the support of more than 6,300 people by Friday afternoon.

The faculty survey conducted this week drew responses from 376 of the 600 AAUP members, with 64 percent saying they were completely opposed to a name change, said chapter president Steve Weeks, a biology professor.