The Augusta Commission attempted to weigh in on a name for the city’s new university before the committee considering the possibilities completed its task, with Commissioner Jerry Brigham introducing a resolution requesting that the University System of Georgia Board of Regents include “Augusta” in the name.
Brigham's resolution failed to get six supporting commission votes, but he said Friday he was happy to see the name of his beloved hometown in three of the choices.
“I’m pleased,” Brigham said. “Hopefully the Board of Regents will have the sense to put Augusta in the name.”
Commissioner Matt Aitken, one of two present to vote against Brigham’s resolution, said after the options were presented that he preferred “Augusta University” or “University of Augusta.”
Commissioner Bill Lockett said after seeing the final list that he regretted not supporting Brigham’s resolution.
“To think that those were the six finalists, can you imagine what the other six must have looked like?” Lockett said. “I just think we need to possibly go back to the drawing board, and I don’t think I’m going to be alone in my feelings.”
Mayor Deke Copenhaver, known to talk up the Augusta, Georgia, “brand” in economic development sessions, did not return a call seeking comment.