Virginia’s State Board of Community Colleges votes to add “&” to PHCC name

Southside Virginia News

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) will now have an ampersand (&) added to its name. This change comes after a vote from Virginia’s State Board of Community Colleges.

Last July, the State Board of Community Colleges asked local college advisory boards to review the appropriateness of the names of its college, campuses, and facilities. PHCC’s local board then recommended the community college’s name remain the same because it represents the counties it serves.

There was later discussion between the State Board and board members about adding a hyphen or an ampersand to PHCC’s name. The Local Board suggested it would help clearly delineate the name’s geographic connotations.

“On behalf of the faculty, staff, students, alumni, and local board of Patrick & Henry Community College, I express my deep appreciation for the leadership of the State Board in this important renaming process,” said PHCC’s President, Dr. Greg Hodges, in a statement on Thursday, July 22. “We are grateful that the State Board has put forward a name for our college that allows us to maintain the names of the counties that we serve. Patrick & Henry Community College has a rich history of educating students, closing equity gaps, and lifting families out of poverty, and we are excited to move forward in this work while preserving the names of the regions served by our college.”

PHCC will now begin the process of replacing anything that displays the old name. There will be a new college official logo which will feature the ampersand. However, the compass will remain unchanged.

These changes will have to be fully implemented by Dec. 31, 2022.

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