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Edison approves Florida SouthWestern as new name

By Gabrielle Sarann. CREATED Sep 24, 2013

FORT MYERS, Fla. - 

In a matter of seconds, the board of trustees voting to end more than 50 years of Edison State College's history. 

"The opportunity is now," said Jeff Allbritten, the school's president. "It is the right time to change our name."

Another trustee said, "It's a strategic decision and I think it's the right one."

That decision is to re-brand Edison as Florida SouthWestern, or FSW. Counsel advised it to avoid a lawsuit from a college in New Jersey with a similar name, Thomas Edison State College.

The new logo is a helm and school colors will change to purple and silver.

This move comes after several investigations, including the college's nursing school accreditation, raises for top administrators and a course swapping scandal. 

Fox 4 asked if Edison's tarnished image was the reason for the re-branding.

"Is the reputation so bad that it needs a name change?" asked Fox 4 reporter Gabrielle Sarann to Allbritten. "No, that's not the impetus for it," he said. "I think it's one of those things that certainly helps people get on and move and kind of forget about those things. We've shown through our hard work internally that we've resolved all of our issues."

While the college thinks changing the name is the best way to move forward, students Fox 4 talked to aren't so sure.

"It'll be a little hard to get used to doing that," said Freddie Ervin, a freshman.

Cathy Krichbaum, a pre-nursing student, added, "We'll adjust to it but I'm a little sad they changed it. I as hoping they wouldn't."

Pending the governor's signature, the name change takes effect on July 1, 2014. Allbritten says the cost to do so will be around $300,000 and won't cost taxpayers a dime. 

Gabrielle Sarann

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Gabrielle is a reporter for FOX 4.