The Lord Fairfax Community College board voted Feb. 4 to change the name.
Lord Fairfax Community College will conduct an online town hall meeting Thursday night to discuss the plan to change its name, that of a 17th-century colonial land baron who owned slaves.
“LFCC is inviting members of the public to learn more about the process and our aspirations as we embark upon a name change,” spokeswoman Sally Voth said in a press release. “Community members will have the opportunity to ask questions during a telephone town hall, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 6.”
The LFCC board voted Feb. 4 to rename the 50-year-old college, which has a campus just south of Warrenton.
The Virginia State Board for Community Colleges had directed all 23 of its institutions to review their names.
“It is the right time to take this opportunity to rename the college and move forward, capturing all we have accomplished in the past and the bright future we have ahead,” said retired Lt. Gen. Benjamin Freakley, a member of the LFCC board.
The decision followed a six-month study that included a workgroup and a brand research firm. Since the board’s decision, a naming taskforce has been considering names, many of them suggested by students, staff, alumni and community members.