State board to consider PHCC name change

State board to consider PHCC name change
Patrick Henry Community College/PHCC

The State Board for Community Colleges will take up the name of Patrick Henry Community College on Thursday.

Last year the State Board instructed the 23 community colleges across the state to review the appropriateness of their names. It was recommended that PHCC change its name because Patrick Henry was a slave owner.

Then Gov. Ralph Northam declared June 29 as Patrick Henry Day, confusing the issue.

The PHCC board is asking the state a second time to allow them to put a hyphen between Patrick and Henry, or call it Patrick & Henry.

If the State Board refuses to allow the name at all, the board has asked for the school’s name to be changed to either Patriot Heights or Patriot Hills.