Community invited to rename Patrick Henry Community College

Southside Virginia News

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — The community can weigh in on the renaming of Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC).

Back in May, Virginia’s State Board of Community Colleges rejected the recommendation to retain its name. Instead PHCC has been given the opportunity to propose a new name.

PHCC’s Local College Board voted to include the community in the process of recommending a name. You can submit name suggestions here until June 14. Then there will be a vote on the top suggestions. Those names will then be submitted to Virginia’s State Board of Community Colleges.

The decision to rename the community college came nearly a yea ago when the State Board called for all Virginia’s community colleges to review their names for appropriateness.

The new policy states that institutions’ names “should reflect the values of inclusive and accessible education articulated in the VCCS mission statement, with special emphasis on diversity, equity, and opportunity, and be relevant to the students it seeks to serve and to the geography of its service region.”

PHCC’s Local Board Chair will have three more special-called meetings throughout June. They will take place at noon on Thursday, June 10; Tuesday, June 15; and Monday, June 21. The Local College Board hopes to have a short list of names for the State Board by the last meeting.

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