Summit University of Pennsylvania to modify name to Clarks Summit University July 5

For Abington Journal | June 29th, 2016 4:41 pm

CLARKS SUMMIT — After receiving approval from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Summit University of Pennsylvania plans to modify the name of the school to Clarks Summit University.

The school will begin operating under the modified name on July 5.

The unanticipated name adjustment process was in response to the threat of legal action from a religious organization in Montana. Trustees and university leadership worked through attorneys to come to an amicable agreement to modify the name and satisfy trademark requirements.

The school’s name will continue to reflect the broad opportunities available to alumni and students.

“We love our community of Northeast Pennsylvania, the Abington region and Clarks Summit,” Mel Walker, vice president for communications and external relations said in a press release. “We’ve always had a good relationship with our community, and we want that to continue. Now our name will more specifically reflect this region, which is a great place to live and study.”

Along with the name modification, the school’s website will change to, and the athletics website will be Questions can be directed to

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