ATLANTA — The name for the newly consolidated college approved Tuesday by the Board of Regents is similar to the old name of one of the two institutions in the merger.
The panel that oversees the state’s public colleges in the University System of Georgia went with South Georgia State College, the moniker recommended by a committee of staff, faculty, students, alumni and community leaders. It will christen the meshing of Douglas-based South Georgia College and Waycross College.
There was no debate or disagreement.
The schools were among the smallest in the system, and their combination will raise the status from “college” to “state college,” a ranking that registers increased stature within the system.
To illusrate the desirability, two other schools petitioned the. board Tuesday to add “state” to their names, even though it may seem an unneccessary expense to most people outside of academia.
When the regents announced in January which eight schools would merge into four, officials stressed that the move would not only save an undisclosed amount of money but also improve educational opportunities at the consolidated colleges. Boosting the South Georgia institution to a “state college” is one way of delivering on that promise.
Still to be decided are the school colors and mascot. Committees are also hammering out how to blend policies, personnel and curriculum by year end.