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if you only need to do it once don't over complicate it.
just create the new attribute with the name you want and then populate it with the attributes from the old attribute.
Or if your careful simply rename it in Access.
Can I rename a feature class attribute with ArcObjects (FGDB, SDE) ? I'm using IClassSchemaEdit4.AlterFieldName and it seem to work in a FGDB.
I'm asking the question because I have often read that I can't rename a feature class attribute with ArcObjects...
At ArcGIS 10.1 you can use ArcObjects to rename a field in a geodatabase. It was not possible prior to 10.1.