More than 3,200 people have voted on a short list of potential names for the new university that will arise from the consolidated Augusta State and Georgia Health Sciences universities, a co-chairwoman of the name-selection team said today.
GHSU Chief Development Officer Susan Barcus said the blog post revealing the six names her committee offered last week generated more than 400 comments.
“This outpouring of feedback – what could be best described as a cacophony of opinion – is a clear indication of the high level of investment we all have in the future of our consolidated university,” Barcus wrote in an update on the blog. “Thank you.”
A student-generated online petition to push for three other names, all with Georgia in them, had drawn nearly 1,400 signatures as of Friday afternoon.
Voting on the official short list was supposed to end Friday, but because of the level of response it will continue until Wednesday’s meeting of the Consolidation Working Group, where three finalists will be picked.
“We asked for your feedback, and we are considering and assessing all of it,” Barcus wrote.
The Augusta Chronicle is also asking for submissions through its comments section and Facebook page and will allow readers to vote on their top pick beginning Monday. Those results will be provided to the naming committee.
“The plethora of opinions, and the passion surrounding them, signify that this process will produce the best possible name for the new university,” Barcus wrote.
The three finalists will go before the University System of Georgia Board of Regents in August, which could pick one of them or decide on its own name, she noted.