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Florida Senate adopts new name for Manatee Community College

MANATEE — The Florida Senate today formally OK’d a name change for Manatee Community College, which is in the process of becoming the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota.

Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Sarasota, said she had amended Senate Bill 2682, a higher education appropriations bill, to accomplish the legal name change. The bill passed in the Senate today unanimously.

The community college is among a number of other schools also changing their names to reflect the addition of new, four-year degree programs.

“That’s the reason for the name change is so they can give a four-year degree in nursing,” Detert explained after the Senate adjourned for lunch.

The name change still requires approval of the Florida House.

The change was official with the Board of Trustees’ decision April 15, said college spokeswoman Kathy Walker.

“It will start showing up between now and July 1 (sometimes alongside the MCC name) as we begin phasing in the implementation, expected to take anywhere from a few months to a year,” said Walker today.

Dr. Lars Hafner, the college president, has emphasized to college employees that they should use existing inventories of letterhead and forms with the “MCC” logo and not rush to replace them immediately, she added.

July 1 is the date the name change and logo usage will take effect for things like answering phones, identification in e-mail signatures, and other formal uses, she said.

Sara Kennedy, Herald reporter, can be reached at (941) 708-7908 or at