Despite many complaints from the Augusta area, the Georgia Board of Regents has no plans to change its decision to use the name Georgia Regents University for the new consolidated Augusta State University and Georgia Health Sciences University.
According to a statement released Wednesday from Board of Regents Chairman Benjamin Tarbutton III, who also represents Augusta and the 12th Congressional District:
“I read the story in today’s Augusta Chronicle regarding the name for the new consolidated university in Augusta. We all appreciate that there are different viewpoints and good arguments on every side. But the Board of Regents weighed the alternatives and concluded that the name should reflect the new institution’s statewide mission. Now we need to move on to the next stages of consolidation. We do understand the strong feelings around the issue, but the Board will not reconsider its action. We are committed to building a strong, comprehensive research university in Augusta.”