Lord Fairfax and Thomas Nelson are latest Virginia Community Colleges to recommend name changes in the wake of the nation’s racial justice movement

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Local advisory boards at Lord Fairfax and Thomas Nelson Community Colleges voted this month to recommend their institutions be renamed.  They join John Tyler Community College, whose local board went on record favoring a new name in November.  The local board at Patrick Henry Community College voted in December against changing the school’s name.

Momentum for new names at educational institutions grew out of the national racial justice movement following the deaths last spring of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and other African Americans at the hands of authorities.

The VCCS State Board instructed local community colleges in July to reexamine the appropriateness of names assigned to their colleges and campus facilities.

VCCS Chancellor Glenn DuBois wrote to college presidents, noting “institutions far and wide are examining, and in many cases exorcising, symbols of systemic racism that have existed in plain sight for years. I believe we must join this conversation and focus a high level of scrutiny on the names that adorn our facilities.”

The VCCS State Board has authority over the names of colleges in the Virginia Community College System. Local boards may decide names of buildings and other campus facilities.

System-wide, 44 percent of VCCS credit students are non-white.

The VCCS State Board is expected to accept reports from colleges on the naming subject at its meeting in March, and may take action at a future meeting.

To learn more about the naming discussion at LFCC, click here.

To learn more about the naming discussion at TNCC, click here.

To learn more about the naming discussion at JTCC, click here.

To learn more about the naming discussion at PHCC, click here.

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