Reviewing the Appropriateness of Virginia’s Community Colleges Facility Names
The mission of Virginia’s Community Colleges (VCCS) and their shared dedication to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion demand we examine the names regularly facing our students, faculty, staff, and supporters on their community college journey and determine if those names are consistent with that mission and those values.
The State Board for Community Colleges has the authority to determine the names of community colleges and college campuses. The State Board has delegated authority to local college advisory boards to approve the names of on-campus facilities.
At its meeting on July 16, the State Board for Community Colleges, which governs Virginia’s 23 community colleges, passed a resolution asking each institution’s local board to review the appropriateness of its college, campus, and facilities names and to report its findings and recommendations by no later than March 2021 to the State Board for its consideration (this has been extended to June 2021).
In support of that effort, Dr. John Rainone, President, and the Local College Board established a College Building and Naming Committee to review the name of the College and its facilities. The history of the College's namesake and others have been researched. Additional information is available on this page: