Update: WSLS also has the story up now. This provides a bit more detail than the article linked below.
In an op-ed in the Washington Post in reaction to the announcement by the board of trustees, Colbert I. King lays out the answer to this question very clearly.
In a piece in the Roanoke Times, 2007 alumnus, Mike Rennard reacts to the decision.
In a letter to the editor in the Richmond Times Dispatch, Bill Melton, ’74U (and member of Not Unmindful) poses this very question. Lots of good stuff here.
Here is the Washington Post’s article on the announcement (First out of the gate). It is followed by that of the New York Times
Lee’s name is a barrier to other major objectives the trustees have established: to increase numbers of minority students and members of the faculty, to make admissions to the university “need blind,” and to improve the total atmosphere of the college to emphasize honor, civility, and service.
Opponents say name change to W&L for Washington and Lee University unsatisfactory to all. WDBJ7.…
CastING alumni as anti-change pitted against students and faculty.