Pikeville College is now the University of Pikeville or UPike for short. The school's board of trustees unanimously adopted the new name Saturday, effective July 1.
The private, four-year liberal arts school founded in 1889 by Presbyterians has added enough departments and graduate programs to become a university, said President Paul Patton, who was governor of Kentucky from 1995 to 2003. The school has 1,000 undergraduate students and 300 medical students.
University of Central Appalachia, University of Southeast Kentucky and Kentucky Commonwealth University were other names considered