MANATEE — Manatee Community College board changed today the institution’s name to the State College of Florida, Manatee and Sarasota Counties.
The name change came less than a month after a state board of education permitted the college to offer four-year degrees. The new name also meant to embrace the two counties that the college serves.
The board also changed the college’s mascot to a manatee. The nickname was formerly the Lancers.
College President Lars Hafner said the name change will be reflected on the college’s stationary and signs. It will be done in phases. The college will still be offering two-year degrees.
Individual trustees offered comments about the name and logo. Beverly Beall described it as “classy, uplifting and moving forward.” Jennifer Saslaw said, “The name and design includes everyone yet recognizes our home counties.” Ron Allen expressed appreciation for the harmonious designs of the college name and athletic team mascot. Rev. Kelvin Lumpkin said, “The logo is exciting in itself but what excites me most is that it indicates this is an institution going somewhere. I appreciate the bold vision this represents.”