October 20, 2021

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Patrick Henry Group Faculty will get ampersand to improve identify

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WDBJ) – Virginia’s State Board of Group Faculties has voted to increase an ampersand to the title of Patrick Henry Group College or university, earning it Patrick & Henry Local community University.

In July 2020, the State Board of Group Colleges directed all group schools in Virginia to critique their names for appropriateness. Soon after a year of overview and dialogue, PHCC’s Regional Board prompt PHCC really should keep on to be named immediately after the counties it serves, offering to insert a hyphen or ampersand to obviously delineate the name’s geographic connotations. The college explained with out punctuation, the title Patrick Henry could stand for the Revolutionary War determine Patrick Henry, who owned slaves. That factor is the purpose the condition board asked PHCC to reconsider its suggestion to retain the name but with a hyphen, which arrived up at the last condition board assembly in May.

Amongst then and now, when the Condition Board agreed to insert an ampersand, the school questioned for public comments about its identify, and PHCC’s neighborhood board met more than a sequence of distinctive meetings to assessment the feedback. PHCC’s Basis Board – a different entity from the Regional Board – sent a letter to the Point out Board, indicating the Basis Board would be accountable for any expenditures associated to a title adjust.

“On behalf of the school, team, college students, alumni, and area board of Patrick & Henry Neighborhood Faculty, I express my deep appreciation for the leadership of the Point out Board in this crucial renaming approach,” claims PHCC’s President, Dr. Greg Hodges. “We are grateful that the Point out Board has set ahead a identify for our school that makes it possible for us to preserve the names of the counties that we provide. Patrick & Henry Community Higher education has a rich historical past of educating pupils, closing fairness gaps, and lifting households out of poverty, and we are fired up to go forward in this perform when preserving the names of the locations served by our college or university.”

Now, according to PHCC, it and other faculties that have been directed to alter their names will start off the course of action of generating new logos and changing anything at all that shows the aged identify.

All the faculties have been given right up until December 31, 2022 to thoroughly apply improvements.

For any one who would like to discover much more about this adjust and what it signifies for the higher education and the communities it serves, PHCC will create a Issue and Respond to session with President Hodges in the coming months. Observe Patrick Henry Local community College on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to see it.

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