The Student Success Building was renamed the Charles D. Whitlock building in honor of President Doug Whitlock at his retirement banquet Friday.

Craig Turner, chair of the university’s Board of Regents presented Whitlock with an artists rendering of what the building will look like with his name on it.

“I was just totally completely surprised and stunned because I didn’t even know that was under discussion,” Whitlock said.

He said he is honored that the Student Success Building was selected to bear his name.

“Student success, regional stewardship and our QEP have been my three major focuses my entire six years so having the Student Success Building named in my honor is just something that I am just overwhelmed and just pleased and humbled with,” Whitlock said.

Whitlock said recommendations to rename a building can come from anyone within the university community. He said typically the university Foundation Board is the first to recommend something like this and then they make that recommendation to the Board of Regents.