Patrick Henry Community College suggests two new names to State Board to rename school

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MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WFXR) – After one year of reviewing its name, Patrick Henry Community College’s (PHCC) Local Board has submitted two new names to the State Board in their effort to rename the college.

After a thorough review process, PHCC sent the State Board a request to keep its name. However, the State Board — which has the sole authority to either change or keep a college’s name — rejected PHCC’s recommendation to keep Patrick Henry Community College.

After receiving that feedback, the college’s Local Board has been busy collecting recommendations from the community and developed a short list of potential new names that the State Board could consider.

Through an anonymous survey, PHCC collected more than 800 responses from members of the community and after a series of called meetings, the PHCC’s board members have selected their top two names: Patriot Hills and Patriot Heights.

Both names have been sent to the State Board for approval.

The State Board will consider these options during their next scheduled board meeting on July 21.

At that time, the State Board will also review a letter from the PHCC Foundation which requests that the State Board take a second look at the college’s current name.

During a special called meeting of the PHCC Local Board last week, board member Gary Collins read a letter written by the chairman of PHCC’s Foundation Board (a separate entity that oversees donations and scholarships).

This letter requested that the State Board reconsider the idea of keeping the words Patrick and Henry in the college’s name.

The letter recommended adding a hyphen to delineate that PHCC is currently named for the counties it serves.

The Local Board agreed to send the letter the State Board but also send the recommendations for a new name.

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