Seminole Community College is now Seminole State College of Florida.
The District Board of Trustees unanimously approved renaming the 44-year-old institution
during its regular meeting on Monday, Sept. 21. The change takes effect immediately.
"The new name honors our past while setting forth our path to the future," said College President Dr. E. Ann McGee.
McGee said the College's core mission, to maintain an open-door admissions policy that responds to the community's needs, will remain unchanged.
Seminole State will begin offering its first baccalaureate degree, a Bachelor of Applied Science in Interior Design, in January. Other baccalaureate programs also are being explored.
"I appreciate the fact that they kept Seminole in the name," said Rachel Clarke, student government vice president for the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus. "I'm proud of the name because of its history and tradition in the state of Florida as well as in the county."
On Aug. 3, McGee announced that the school would change its name. The College reached out to the community, taking submissions in a Web survey through Sept. 1. Of the 3,422 names submitted, 1,007 were unique. A committee then narrowed the names to three.
The name change will not affect tuition, which will remain at Florida College System levels. No extensive additional costs will be associated with the new name, according to College estimates.
The new name takes effect as the College completes an $85 million makeover of its Sanford/Lake Mary Campus. The state allocated $700,000 for signage improvements, which were put on hold until the new name was determined to reduce costs.
Last year, the Florida Legislature created the Florida College System and empowered the state's community colleges to change their names when adding four-year degrees.
Seminole State is one of 13 state colleges approved to offer bachelor's degrees. The other 12 colleges have already officially adopted a name change. The College changed its name once before, from Seminole Junior College in 1975. The new name will be submitted to state lawmakers this spring for formal approval.
Applications will be accepted through Oct. 1 for the College's B.A.S. in Interior Design program. For more information, please visit the interior design Web site
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Photo right: Board of Trustees members pose with a sign of the new name after the vote. From left: Charles "Chick" Gregg; Lisa M. Greer; Scott Howat; Cynthia Drago; and President E. Ann McGee. Trustee Chris Dorworth voted via phone.