Augusta will be in consolidated university name, but not officially

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Barry Storey (from left) and Nick Evans, both with Save The A; GHSU President Ricardo Azziz; and Hank Huckaby, the chancellor of the University System of Georgia, talk with reporters after the announcement.
Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 11:38 AM
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After a fierce public protest, Augusta was added to the name of the consolidated Augusta State and Georgia Health Sciences universities – if not officially..

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GHSU President Ricardo Azziz (second from right) talks to reporters with Barry Storey (from left) and Nick Evans, both of Save the A, and University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby.  MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
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GHSU President Ricardo Azziz (second from right) talks to reporters with Barry Storey (from left) and Nick Evans, both of Save the A, and University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby.

“Georgia Regents University Augusta” will appear on all materials, shirts, cups and in the logo, said GHSU President Ricardo Azziz, who announced the branding change Thursday morning with University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby and “Save the A” members Nick Evans and Barry Storey.

“I think we got a great compromise,” said Evans, a leader of the group that opposed a name that was first approved by the regents.

The move comes after weeks of negotiation and months of protest when Georgia Regents University was selected Aug. 7 by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents.

“We finally have found a way to agree on including Augusta in the official logo and brand name and marketing and communication efforts of the new consolidated university,” Azziz said. “That is something that will allow us to recognize the statewide efforts and the statewide relevance, and recognize our city as we move forward to become the great American university that we all expect to be.”
The name will not go back through the Board of Regents process to be changed, spokeswoman Christen Carter said.

Evans said the new brand name was “wonderful and I think this is the right thing for all in our community.”

“I want to thank everybody from the governor’s office to the chancellor to Dr. Azziz,” he said. “Everybody has been great in reaching this compromise. We are ready to rally our community and move forward.”

Changing the brand name and logo is “within the purview of the university,” Azziz said, and “has received the blessing of the chancellor.”

“That is what is important and that is what is needed,” he said. “What we will see, and what the world will see and what the state will see, will be Georgia Regents University Augusta.”

The Georgia Regents name was chosen despite a $45,000 study commissioned by a GHSU-ASU consolidation group that found University of Augusta was the top choice in all of its national, state and local surveys.

The name Georgia Regents University did not make the top three in the one survey in which it was included.

The Georgia Regents name was picked despite a cease-and-desist letter from Regent University in Virginia days before the Augusta vote . Regent University said the new name would violate the trademark on its name and filed suit in federal court, but the Georgia attorney general’s office is seeking to have the suit dismissed.

The protest took on a larger stage in late September when local business people launched the Save the A campaign, gathering thousands of signatures asking that the University of Augusta become the new name.

Hundreds of yard signs proclaiming “Save the A” dot the landscape across Augusta.

Huckaby said the campaign “played a factor in that but it wasn’t the only factor.”

The university system and all parties went into discussions with an open mind, he said, and he praised the community’s efforts to support the new university.

“I’m delighted we can move on from this point,” Huckaby said. “I have been and continue to be excited about what we are going to do here in Augusta through this university.”

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...point to ponder
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...point to ponder 10/25/12 - 04:08 pm
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I can not imagine this group

I can not imagine this group of businessmen agreeing to this proposed name....
As others have said it is worse than before....

Thiis new proposed convoluted name shows more arrogance and lack of proper thought, especially with all the effort to not use GRU.

If the groups only purpose was to put Augusta tag on the GRU then they fooled a lot of people. I know I thought differently...

The best thing to do is to go back to GHSU and ASU. No name change necessary.

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OnTheHill1 10/25/12 - 04:23 pm
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Is Azziz Bipolar?

After months of insisting the name was the sole choice of the Regents and out of his hands, now he says changing the brand name and logo is “within the purview of the university.”

Is he bipolar? The only silver lining of this compromise (definition: everybody feels they have lost) is that Azziz has been blocked on what he so insisted was just a few Augustans complaining.

As others have said, the Regent University lawsuit still could change the game. I wish there was a way to monitor its progress. Any lawyers out there who could comment on this?

And just remember to those who think this tumult is about a name, the name selection is a symptom; the problem is a tyrant who feels he answers to no one. Azziz is not good for the new U.

Put yourself in his shoes, a Medical Doctor, you're smart, well respected in your field, been a winner in your assignments around the country, been treated with respect. Now this Augusta is making fun of you at every opportunity, treating you like a 7th grader on your 1st day at middle school, mocking you, the bunny ears are just an example, there are many more cartoons and statements that prove he is the most vilified man in the CSRA. Let the games continue.

By the way, if the Chronicle photographer framed the golden arches behind his head, let me be the 1st to nominate him for a Pulitzer.

mycomments
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mycomments 10/25/12 - 04:24 pm
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I, too, am highly

I, too, am highly disappointed. Azziz arrogantly announces Georgia Regents University Augusta will be the name that will appear on all materials, shirts, cups and in the logo. I say DO NOT BUY ANYTHING WITH THE NEW NAME on it. All "marketing and communication efforts of the new consolidated university" through this paper should include ASU and MCG where possible. I know the commenters will make sure every story on the consolidation will include Augusta State University and Medical College of Georgia. I suspect the Virginia case will now be dropped as the local supporters of the lawsuit now believe they have "a great compromise." So sad to be dictated to by an ousider.

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crkgrdn 10/25/12 - 04:32 pm
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What is there to celebrate?

I am done with this. The moronic behavior does extend from the White House to the Governor of Georgia and the Georgia Board of Regents. Whatever happened to "We the People"?

Governor Deal, you do not have my vote or my support any longer, if you ever did deserve my vote.

Serious harm has been done to Augusta State University. When I get the usual phone call for financial support for GRUA, I don't know you.

Deal, Copenhaver and Azziz enjoy your champagne. The storm is coming.

What a sad day for Augusta. What a sad day for Georgia. What a sad day for ASU's alumni.

mycomments
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mycomments 10/25/12 - 04:57 pm
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AMEN! There wasn't much of a

AMEN! There wasn't much of a choice between Barnes and Deal. It is said voters have short memories. When 2014 comes along, we will remember the name DEAL associated with GRU/GRUA and he won't even win the Primary! Remember, it was GRU DEAL.

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Old Timmer 10/25/12 - 05:05 pm
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The A in "Save the A" surely meant Azziz

I hope these men do not break their arm patting themselves on the back. The result is exactly what I expected. GRUA stinks!

Edward1968
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Edward1968 10/25/12 - 05:23 pm
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Let's have another campaign!

This time it will be called "Boot the A" where A=Azziz.

The so-called new name is actually worse in that it sounds like it could be GRU-A making it appear there are more GRUs in the state.
GRU-Savannah for example.

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justputtin 10/25/12 - 05:27 pm
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Come on!

Thanks Barry and Nick but.........I greatly appreciate the efforts of the "save the A" group but what gave them ( 2 or 3 individuals) the authority to make the decision that the people in Augusta would be ok with this? Again, I greatly appreciate their efforts but..........I signed on in support of this group but I think they gave in too quickly. The Augusta chronicle got it right - " they saved the A by adding it to the end of GRU?

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southern2 10/25/12 - 05:35 pm
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Once again Augusta has been

Once again Augusta has been SCREWED, GLUED, TATTOOED, and BAR-B-QUED by all of the above. Surprised this the best Gov Raw Deal could do for the influential members of Save-the-A. A real name change would make it more difficult to relocate more of the MCG to other areas in the future.

justputtin
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justputtin 10/25/12 - 05:51 pm
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Revisit this

http://azziz.georgiahealth.edu/archives/592 Look up this blog by the Ayatollah as a reminder of this person. He's a champion spinner.

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countyman 10/25/12 - 06:24 pm
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People can easily skip the

People can easily skip the first two letters, and use the abbreviation UA. The important thing to remember is the BOR are investing three times as much into GRUA compared to any other university. The $112 million dental school is the largest single investment in the state's history. The $76 Medical Commons will break ground this year, and we can look forward to the $100 million Cancer Center on 15th street(crosswalk over 15th included). New dorms, additional buildings, etc at the ASU east/west campuses. Then finally the GGHF site overlooking the Savannah river(dorms, research buildings, performing arts center, etc)..

Let's hope the sports complex and mixed use development become apart of the GGHF site. This decade clearly belongs to Augusta in terms of the cities in Georgia.

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KSL 10/25/12 - 06:28 pm
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On the hill 1

"Tyrant who answers to no one." That sounds like Obama.

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specsta 10/25/12 - 06:46 pm
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Detached From Reality

Maybe now, the angry villagers can move forward and put their demands, protests, meetings, campaigns, etc. behind some REAL ISSUES that affect the less-fortunate in the Augusta community. Things like increased homelessness, blighted urban areas, a mediocre public transportation system, roads in need of repair, etc.

It must be nice to live a "peaches and cream" life where your main concern is changing the dumb name of a school.

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justputtin 10/25/12 - 07:05 pm
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Specsta

People that step up to fight for what they believe in are to be commended. Imagine their efforts toward bigger concerns that you mentioned. The atrocity is those that sit on their azz complaining about their plight. Obama will take care of you. You only see what you want to see. The same faces standing next to azziz are also contributers to various charities in LARGE amounts. Can you say the same?

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OpenCurtain 10/25/12 - 07:12 pm
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Augusta is now

the butt end of a already bad joke.

Writing the State Attorney General in the Morning.
Fed up with open disregard of state funds and no one in power doing anything about it.

Its an open slap in the face to taxpayers.

If the State allow the deliberate waste of state money and refuse to investigate or prosecute, then they set a legal exit door for the next person pulling the same stunt.

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just an opinion 10/25/12 - 10:44 pm
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Mr. Evans, we didn't want a compromise.

Dr. Azziz put a spell on you. I know so because you called this compromise "wonderful". You are far to good for that sir. Now go back and tell them you regained consciousness and the committee rejects this name also.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 10/25/12 - 07:16 pm
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Must be some new math at work

Must be some new math at work here...in 1992 >200 million dollars of taxpayer money was used to build the Georgia Dome. And remember that was in 1992 dollars...

rcandrews
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rcandrews 10/25/12 - 07:32 pm
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Victory?

Only those who believe the Balance Budget Amendment is a good thing would think this is a victory.

countyman
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countyman 10/25/12 - 07:58 pm
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two different things

Why is somebody comparing a dental school vs the GA dome? The Board of Regents have absolutely nothing to do with the GA dome.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 10/25/12 - 07:52 pm
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Nick Evans? What the heck

Nick Evans? What the heck were you thinking?? And who appointed Nick Evans the spokesperson for the people of Augusta in approving this idiotic name? Folks, I've got nothing to go on with this other than a gut feeling, but let's watch and see if there's something in this for Nick Evans....new job?..state perks?..some sort of monetary or material "gifts"?? And the way this was shoved down our throats was a thing to behold! No discussion...no chance for a counter-offer...nothing! Here 'tis folks! Take it or leave it!! Georgia Regents University Augusta......yeah, it just rolls off the tongue, don't it?? And who in the heck is going to buy a shirt or a cup with that stupid stuff on it? Well, I'm sure the faculty and administration will be forced to buy them. You know...maybe alum from ASU and MCG should start sending in checks to Paine College instead! I hear they're getting a football team!!

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Gage Creed 10/25/12 - 07:55 pm
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Beacuse somebody embellished

Beacuse somebody embellished their post to say... "The $112 million dental school is the largest single investment in the state's history."

I bet you have one heckuva resume....

countyman
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countyman 10/25/12 - 08:10 pm
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I'm positive the

I'm positive the overwhelmingly majority knew I was referring to university related projects across the state.

The same few people can't stand to hear any positive statements about Augusta.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 10/25/12 - 08:19 pm
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Countyman? shall I post the

Countyman? shall I post the BoR Capital Construction budgets for FY11 through FY14 to dispute the other numbers in your earlier post?

http://www.usg.edu/facilities/capital_budget_requests

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 10/25/12 - 08:18 pm
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Just like the same few people

Just like the same few people can't give an honest no-spin evaluation....

Retired Army
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Retired Army 10/25/12 - 08:20 pm
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Does this mean I can get the

Does this mean I can get the "A" outta my front yard now?

countyman
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countyman 10/25/12 - 08:31 pm
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The Board of Regents is

The Board of Regents is pledging $150 million in next year's budget alone for Georgia Regents University.

"Which is three times more than any other university or college in the system," Hopkins said.

http://www.wrdw.com/news/schools/headlines/Only-on-12-Regent-slams-misdi...

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 10/25/12 - 08:41 pm
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Countyman...the Capital

Countyman...the Capital budget numbers given by the Board of Regents own website do not match the numbers you are presenting.

crackertroy
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crackertroy 10/25/12 - 09:13 pm
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This name sucks
Unpublished

Save the A, all your campaigning and efforts have just gone down the drain. If anyone thought for a moment you would settle for some "compromise" I doubt you would see one yard sign, one bumper sticker anywhere in Augusta.

rcandrews
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rcandrews 10/25/12 - 09:18 pm
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All I am Saying is ...

Say what you will think what you want but when the lipstick gets washed off this, we’re going to find its still a pig.

JRE
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JRE 10/25/12 - 09:35 pm
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Here is the complete article

Here is the complete article in AJC - outside of Augusta not a lot of interest - I remember about 5 yrs ago when Augusta was talking about if there would be a medical campus in Athens at UGA went there with my freshman daughter and they didn't even know there was a discussion or question and were just getting ready for the school:

College in Augusta gets new name — again

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

AUGUSTA — Maybe this will end the fight over what to call this city’s new college.

Georgia Regents University Augusta will be the new name for when Georgia Health Sciences and Augusta State universities merge.

The State Board of Regents approved basically the same name in August, except it didn’t include the city.

That omission outraged some students, business leaders and community members and they demanded “Augusta” be restored.

The amended name will used in the school’s official logo and in “all branding materials.”

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