Edison State College gets New Name

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News Release: Associated Press

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Edison State College has a new name.
The Fort Myers school became Florida SouthWestern State College on Tuesday.

While the school has had several names over the years, it has always kept "Edison" as part of its identity. School spokeswoman Teresa Morgenstern told the Naples Daily News the name was changed to avoid possible litigation from Thomas Edison State College in New Jersey.

President Jeff Allbritten says the name change gives the school a chance to set itself apart and provide a sense of place. He says the name's design was carefully constructed with both South and Western being capitalized even though one name. The capital letters form the school's nickname -- FSW.

The cost of the name change is about $73,000, including new signs.

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