New name approved for Virginia Community College
CLIFTON FORGE, Va. (WDBJ / VSBCC Release) – The Virginia State Board for Community Colleges has unanimously approved a new name for a college in Virginia.
An institution established in the early 1960s in Clifton Forge, Dabney S. Lancaster Community College, would become Mountain Gateway Community College.
The decision represents the latest step in a process that began in the summer of 2020 when the state council asked local college advisory boards to review the suitability of the names of their colleges, campuses and facilities. The board has now approved the name changes for five colleges.
The decision was based on Lancaster’s story.
“I applaud the hard work these colleges and their leaders have done to ensure that their institutions are welcoming and connected to the students they serve and the students they seek to serve,” said NL Bishop, president of the State Board for Community Colleges. “As a graduate of a Virginia community college, I know how life changing our colleges can be and I want everyone, regardless of gender, race or background to know that we exist to welcome them. and help them succeed. ”
“I am grateful for the support of the Council of State. Mountain Gateway is the result of a lot of hard work by many people. The name reflects the geography of our service region and celebrates inclusion and a welcoming environment for all students, businesses and the community, ”said John Rainone, President of Dabney S. Lancaster Community College.
In May, the Board of Trustees adopted a new policy requiring that college names “reflect the values of inclusive and accessible education set out in the VCCS mission statement, with particular emphasis on diversity, equity and opportunity, and be relevant to the students it seeks to serve. and the geography of its service region. The board of trustees has sole authority to decide on the names of Virginia community colleges.
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