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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fedex227
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fedex227 10/25/12 - 10:29 pm
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All seriousness aside ...
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I can't believe the Chronicle removed the Azziz Bunny Ears photo from the original story, leaving 'my.voice's' comment without any point of reference. Is that how you treat your readership? Augusta Chronicle political correctness +1, sense of humor –5.

Fools_and_sages
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Fools_and_sages 10/25/12 - 11:14 pm
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Save the A made a bad situation worse
Unpublished

Georgia Regents University Augusta looks like we're a branch campus of a larger Georgia Regents University system. It's more regional and could actually cause more confusion with Pat Robertson's Regent University in VA. Thanks to the inclusion of Augusta, we now truly look like we could be branch campus of Robertson's school.

Also say GRUA out loud. Then chant it like you would at a basketball game-- GRU-AHH! GRUU-AHH!. It sounds like you're vomiting. Won't it be nice to see the GRUA student body on national tv making dry-heave sounds when we one day have Division I basketball team? That would be so totally classy. . if you're Honey Boo-Boo.

KSL
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KSL 10/26/12 - 02:15 am
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Upon closer reading of the first paragraph

Augusta is going to be allowed on items for sale and the logo. Who but students, and not so much current students, will buy that stuff. The foremer alums won't. In the last decade, my husband has purchased more overpriced GT items than during the 3 previous decades.

What name will be on the diplomas and on the actual national marketing of the university in the media?

I hope the details of the "compromise" are really and truly compromise and not just "face saving" because the save the A group encountered a petulant Azziz and Board of Regents, who gave up a foot while the community had to give up a mile.

KSL
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KSL 10/26/12 - 02:26 am
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Perhaps it was not that I didn't read closely enough.

Perhaps the changes of headlines and other statements were inserted just very recently (like at 1:37). That gives a little more credence to my eatlier post.

allhans
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allhans 10/26/12 - 04:35 am
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Such a small thing for such a

Such a small thing for such a large issue...Bah-humbug...

longleafpine
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longleafpine 10/26/12 - 05:09 am
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Force fed

Just like DC. Obama & his dem House & Senate force fed us Obamacare and he then signed an Executive Order saying there would be no abortion financing in it. EOs cannot override law and he knew it. The votes he bought with that EO belong to people who are no longer in the Congress.

freeradical
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freeradical 10/26/12 - 05:59 am
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Academic professionals are so

Academic professionals are so smart .

They spend many hours studying , and consulting with other hyper

smart academics finding out what is best for society as a whole.

It is just to bad that there are so many puddin heads out there that

want to question the intelligent decisions of academic professionals,

made for the future of all people .

The average academic professional is also vastly more intelligent than

the average federal judge in deciding what is best for the little people.

That is why the average federal judge will simply rubber stamp all

hyper intelligent decisions made by hyper intelligent academics .

Especially if they are an alumni .

They know better than the average puddin head than to question

highly intelligent decisions of academic professionals .

And it is the law!

nocnoc
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nocnoc 10/26/12 - 07:47 am
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I though "Save the A" meant Augusta

Turns out it really meant Azziz

Tullie
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Tullie 10/26/12 - 08:03 am
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nocnoc's comment:

Turns out it really meant Azziz

Gov Deal is still fully supports Azziz. He is the one that brought him in to "fix us up."

All these people have egos, have to save face..blah, blah..this was the best they could come up with apparently. I sincerely hope they really did not think this would make everyone happy.

What is really behind this GRU name? I know people here keep saying it is the Boad of Regents naming it for themselves, etc., but is it really? Something just does not seem right about all of this to me.

We would get that money from them apparently no matter the name..so what is it? What is driving this madness?

OnTheHill1
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OnTheHill1 10/26/12 - 10:43 pm
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This was just a workaround

The BOR's official name for the new U is still Georgia Regents University; it has not been changed as a formal meeting would be required to do that. So the BOR's original statement that they would not be revisiting the naming stands true.

To appease the teeming masses, Deal said to the BOR and Azziz, "Make this go away!" Azziz finally backed down and agreed that he could add the onerous (to him) word, Augusta, unilaterally for logo and branding purposes. The name on the diploma and student's transcript would still be GRU, the official name. From the student's standpoint, nothing has changed.

So this process was just a workaround to move on, and maybe the best the committee could hope for. They had played most of their trump cards, launching the petition drive, distributing the yard signs, bumper stickers, displaying the billboard advertisements and meeting with the BOR and Deal. I think they were told by Deal, this will be your only meeting, so we reach some kind of compromise or nothing.

What is concerning is there doesn't seem to be any controls in place, Deal can't control the BOR other than an occasional appointment and the BOR chooses not to control Azziz.

Where are the adults in the room?

Inmyopinion2
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Inmyopinion2 10/26/12 - 08:15 am
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Two Thoughts

1 - The name is the same - Georgia Regents University; only the branding is changing to Georgia Regents Univeristy Augusta. So, Augusta is only added to the branding, or marketig, materials. Diplomas will read Georgia Regents University (without Augusta being mentioned.)

2 - In response to Fools_and_Sages comment, "Georgia Regents University Augusta looks like we're a branch campus of a larger Georgia Regents University system." -- I have wondered all along if this "new school" is not to be the flagship school for a USG system wide renaming. I wonder if the Board of Regents is not making an initial move to rename all of the schools under one name like Univeristy of South Carolina or University of North Carolina. If so, then GRU-Augusta makes since. Kinda like USC-Aiken.

concernmom
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concernmom 10/26/12 - 08:22 am
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UGA @ Augusta? UGA Health Science Center @ Augusta?

Since we are part of the University System of Georgia, It seems like the name "Univ. of GA @ Augusta" would have been a good choice for ASU and "Univ. of GA Health Science Center".
I graduated from Univ. of Texas @ San Antonio. Across TX, you find other UT@ Dallas, Arlington, El Paso, etc... and this works well across the state of Texas.
Also, we had the Univ. of TX Health Science Center @ San Antonio.
It works in TX and other states as well.
I wonder why this was not considered for Augusta?

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 10/26/12 - 08:25 am
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They CHANGED the first graf on us

Refer back to my first comment yesterday for this comment regarding the latest little bombshell:

IT'S NOT REALLY A COMPROMISE after all.

Sarandipity
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Sarandipity 10/26/12 - 08:48 am
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Sad

This isn't a compromise, this is another government example of imposing their will over the protests of citizens who are invested in this school. Who've come to put a comfortable feeling of respect with the university, and it's name. This name sounds like a government office, not a school. It's beyond ridiculous. How do you expect students to invoke their "school pride" with a mouthful of words that don't mean anything to them? I doubt you'll ever see these words on a tee shirt. Could you imagine changing the name the University of Georgia, or Georgia Tech after decades?? The recognition begins anew, as if it were just built. Shame on everyone involved in this insane decision.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 10/26/12 - 08:52 am
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Time to Start

"Add the U"

jrbfromga
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jrbfromga 10/26/12 - 09:14 am
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Not officially?
Unpublished

So, we still have this stupid "Georgia Regents" BS, but the 'brand' has Augusta in it. This is not a compromise, and the Save the A Committee should not accept such. We need to press the governor and regents to go back to the drawing board on this one.

Tullie
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Tullie 10/26/12 - 09:18 am
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So...

Deal brought Azziz in and can't control him or chooses not to do so.

According to Onthe Hill Deal can't control the BOR and the BOR can't control Azziz.

So, when is Deal coming up for election again?

hockeymann
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hockeymann 10/26/12 - 09:35 am
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Augusta State name sham - Nathan Deal Must Be Defeated!

The new name should be Augusta State University. This so-called "compromise" is nothing but a sham to try and get by this issue. It will
not fly with most ASU people. It's not even official. This now calls for a real
war on this...Azziz has got to go...Regents have got to go...Nathan Deal needs voters to come together to defeat this con artist in the next election.
We should accept nothing less than Augusta State U. I will not support
anything up there, until this is properly righted. Azziz should quit in disgrace now, followed by Nathan Deal. I'm Republican, but anything but
Deal gets my vote in the next Gov. election.

MamaB
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MamaB 10/26/12 - 10:03 am
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GRUA

GRUA -- Spanish for truck, reminiscent of the Chevy Nova, which translated to No Go, when marketed in S. America.

Thoroughly vetted by a $45,500.00 national marketing study. Riiiiiiight.

52 committees and a Consolidated Action Team can't figure out what to call this place, how much parking is going to cost, or what's for lunch in the cafeteria.

KSL
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KSL 10/26/12 - 10:04 am
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This is no compromise. Just

This is no compromise. Just capitulation. What for?

KSL
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KSL 10/26/12 - 10:32 am
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You obviously don't give a

You obviously don't give a rat's rear about heritage.

KSL
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KSL 10/26/12 - 10:34 am
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You want football. I don't

You want football. I don't think that is was Azziz has in mind.

PghSteelersFan
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PghSteelersFan 10/26/12 - 10:42 am
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The State is trying to

The State is trying to dismiss Regent's University lawsuit. Doubt it will happen. Coca Cola doesn't like anyone messing with their copyrighted logos/name so obviously they couldn't call it 'Coke U' which would have ended up sounding like 'Choke U'. Copyright laws are very strict and when a copyright holder says cease and desist they mean it. This is going to be a costly game before its over and taxpayers will have to pick up the tab.
The new 'compromise' is ridiculous. Why the 'folks in charge' seem to want to be like Julius Caesar and have statutes (their name) plastered all over the place is beyond me. BTW, Julius didn't fare to well either. It wasn't even a good name to start with and it just gets worse. I want back my signature from that petition! This wasn't what I thought would happen.

mycomments
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mycomments 10/26/12 - 11:29 am
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I missed it yesterday and

I missed it yesterday and I'll bet a majority of people missed the fact that it is STILL GEORGIA REGENTS UNIVERSITY officially. "The name will not go back through the Board of Regents process to be changed, spokeswoman Christen Carter said."

Augusta will ONLY be added to the merchandise, marketing and communication.

This is no compromise, nothing has been changed at all.

However, this makes it a lot easier for the lawsuit to continue as the name has not changed.

pwburt
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pwburt 10/26/12 - 11:56 am
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NOT a compromise.....

Why do these buffoons continue to ramrod "Regents" as part of the new university name?

A national survey was completed that cost the tax payers over $45,000. These appointed "leaders" should use the results from that survey.

There are many Univeristies that have the city name as part of the university name that are in the top 50 national universities that do not include such a pompus reference to the associated governing board. Example of such universities include: Princeton University(#1 located in Princeton, NJ), Stanford University(#8 located in Stanford, CA), University of California-Berkley(#23 located in Berkley, CA), University of California-Davis(#27 located in Davis, CA), University of Texas at Austin(#37 located in Austin, TX), University of Chicago(#39 located in Chicago, IL), University of California at Los Angeles(#41 located in Los Angeles, CA), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign(#43 located in the twin cities of Urbana and Champaign, IL).

There are many colleges in this list too that have the city name as part of their normal and acceptable name.

So I ask, What is wrong with naming the new university, "University of Augusta"? The survey suggested it was #1. The public wants it. Augusta is globally known due to the Masters Golf Tournement.

Reference : http://www.thebestcolleges.org/rankings/top-50/

Save the "A" and get rid of the "zziz"!!

KSL
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KSL 10/26/12 - 05:40 pm
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There are one heck of a lot

There are one heck of a lot of top schools in this country that GRUA will have to do a lot of climbing to get in the position to sniff their feet. None named after the higher education authority in their state.

rcandrews
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rcandrews 10/29/12 - 01:11 pm
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Like I was saying ...

Like I was saying earlier when the lipstick comes off this it's still going to be a pig.

Azziz keeps talking about how MCG is one of the worst hospitals in the state as well as the country and how horrible ASU is, meanwhile it is paying him free room and board on top of an over bloated salary of $789k a year to be what amounts to a hatchet man.

In any event I decided to do a little research on King Azziz’ assertions and manufactured crisis.

Hospitals across the country have been asking people questions upon their discharge for well over a decade now and of the most important questions posed in my opinion is, would you return and recommend this hospital.

Well before King Azziz came to town MCG had a 73% rating of people who answered they would use the facility again and recommend it.

And just for the record the national average for hospitals in regards to this answer is 70%.

Azziz is trying to create a crisis and spending over of a million dollars and jeopardizing the naming of it with a lawsuit to rename MCG (which has a brand that EVERYONE is aware of) as if it is going to help what ever it is Azziz feels is so wrong with MCG.

The pig I mention here isn’t so much the name. The pig I mention here is what king Azziz and the cronies who hired him are up to.

This is all about moving our research facility to Athens by removing the “Medical” part of the MCG brand all together, as this will allow Athens to become the medical research center of Georgia and MCG to become just a service end facility and a liberal arts school.

In regards to Azziz rambling on about ASU’s graduating percentiles, he could have explained why it is ASU students take longer to graduate but he didn’t and we all know its because the majority of students at ASU are full time employees not full time students.

It makes no sense whatsoever to have merged these two facilities in the first place and the only reason it would make sense is because the end goal is to do exactly what I have mentioned.

So while I am no fan of king Azziz I am also no fan of those who hired him to dismantle MCG and lay waste to ASU for erroneous reasons.

Athens is going to become the medical research center of Georgia and these people are going to see to it.

Don’t believe me, research what is going on in Athens versus what is going on here in Augusta and get back to me.

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