Consolidation of ASU and GHSU approved

Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012 1:18 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012 1:56 AM
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It’s almost official. The consolidation of Augusta State and Georgia Health Sciences universities has the green light to become Georgia Regents University.

Augusta State University students walk in and out of Allgood Hall.   FILE/STAFF
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Augusta State University students walk in and out of Allgood Hall.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges voted to approve the consolidation Tuesday at its annual meeting in Dallas. The University System of Georgia Board of Regents is then expected to give final authorization for the university at its Jan. 8 meeting, where it will appoint GHSU President Ricardo Azziz as the new president. A required site visit by association officials likely will take place next fall.

“This is an actual vote of confidence as much as anything,” said Kay Roman, the director of the enterprise project management office and institutional effectiveness at GHSU.

The biggest sticking point in Augusta was the new name, which the Regents chose from three finalists that included the University of Augusta.

A $45,500 study of names commissioned by those working on consolidation before the vote found the Augusta name was tops among those in Georgia and in national surveys, but Georgia Regents was picked instead. The name prompted a letter before the vote from Regent University in Virginia claiming it would violate that university’s long-held trademark of the Regent name. The Virginia school subsequently sued in U.S. District Court in Augusta, and that suit is pending.

The new name prompted waves of protest before and after it was chosen and spurred business leaders to launch a campaign to get Augusta in the name. The Save the A leaders accepted a compromise that put Georgia Regents University Augusta on all materials, but the name was not officially changed.

University leaders on Thursday hope to reveal a new logo, seal and school colors chosen by a survey of students, faculty and alumni.

Tuesday’s vote might be considered an end to the “pre-consolidation” planning period, but there is much work ahead to implement consolidation, Roman said.

“It’s just beginning at this point,” she said.

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grinder48
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grinder48 12/11/12 - 01:24 pm
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Save the A
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I knew the Save the A campaign would be a bust. Nobody cares that people put signs in their yards. Said it before and I'll say it again, the ONLY thing that would have an impact is $. If all donations stopped, it's get their attention. They don't give a rip about those signs.

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Fiat_Lux 12/11/12 - 01:30 pm
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Well, isn't that special!

I'm sure Regent University is just as thrilled as all Augusta is.

Go throw yourself another big, expensive bash and celebrate, Dr. Azziz. After all, you don't have to pay for it, so why not!

bubbajackson
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bubbajackson 12/11/12 - 01:33 pm
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thank you jesus. your
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thank you jesus. your prophet azziz has saved the day for the uncool folk in augusta. akkbar azziz. akkbar azziz.

bentman
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bentman 12/11/12 - 02:54 pm
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Let's make a contribution to

Let's make a contribution to the Regent University legal fund!

prov227
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prov227 12/11/12 - 03:32 pm
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Maybe the new name ...

will gru...ow on us.

eltomoisblessed
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eltomoisblessed 12/11/12 - 10:03 pm
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Arrogance

This is all about the arrogance of the group of people on the board that decided on this name. They asked for community involvement and then ignored the community. If I were a current student there or faculty member I would not even bother to hand in those surveys regarding color and logo. They are just going to do what they are going to do any way. They have already proven that this is all about them and the city of Augusta is of no consequence to them.
I am a current student at Regent University in Virginia. I do my work from home online here in North Augusta. I support Regent University in their lawsuit much as I chose them for my education rather than GRU.....oh yeah wait...I forgot the "A" GRUA. Whatever a GRUA is.
Augusta State University was a fine school with a great reputation. I really feel bad for the alumni students who will be losing the identity of their alma mater. I hope for everybody's sake this works out in the end. I really hope that Dr. Azizz starts to listen to the community he is now working in a whole lot more than the past and actually takes their thoughts into consideration. It is a sad day for all ASU students who are not pleased to see this name changes so drastically.

McKinzey
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McKinzey 12/12/12 - 12:53 am
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Calm down

What is wrong with everyone? Augusta State was a horrible school. It isn't respected at all. Give me a break eltomoisblessed. You obviously don't know about higher ed in Georgia. https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/college-university-search/augusta-sta...

Do any of you actually know college students let alone were/are college students? Augusta State freshman have a 1000/1600 average SAT score. 63% of the accepted students have below a 3.25 high school GPA. Our Georgia high schools are a joke. We're 5th from last nationally.

ASU has a 20.2% SIX year graduation rate let alone four year.
http://www.aug.edu/vpaa/retention_graduation.pdf

The school is bleeding money and is a redundant waste. GHSU is right up the street. GRU is going to be great for Augusta State Students. A GRU name is going to be worth a hell a lot more than an "Augusta State U" degree. ASU students are now affiliated with a medical and dental school. The only public medical and dental school in the state.

Sure, maybe the way Dr. Azziz is running things is a little abrupt and inconsiderate, but Augusta residents need to stop being backward southern stubborn sorts and get with the program. ASU was a mess. This merger HAD to happen. We're going to have FOUR comprehensive research universities in Georgia now.

This is a good thing, not a bad thing. Stop worrying about the "A". It isn't that big of a deal.

Get real. I love Georgia, but some residents are just downright unreasonable.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/12/12 - 08:56 am
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Don't calm down--names matter

Do names matter?
To a remarkable degree, they do. Though we don't choose them, our names are badges bearing information about our class, education level, and ethnic origin — or at least those of our parents. Scientific studies have shown that the world makes different assumptions about a boy named Tyrone than it does about one named Philip, and while those assumptions are often wrong, they can have a considerable influence on the course of a life. A name can even exert unconscious influence over a person's own choices. Some scientific researchers contend that there are disproportionately large numbers of dentists named Dennis and lawyers named Lauren, and that it's not purely an accident that Dr. Douglas Hart of Scarsdale, N.Y., chose cardiology or that the Greathouse family of West Virginia runs a real-estate firm. To some degree, this has always been true: The Romans had the expression nomen est omen, or "name is destiny."

Names matter......just ask a fatboy or slow eye....or dumbbutt

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Riverman1 12/12/12 - 06:10 pm
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SeenIt is right

Names do matter. We all understand ASU has been a commuter school with mainly adult students in the past with all the characteristic statistics of commuter schools. Combining with MCG can certainly help its image, but the logical way to do that is to keep its name and have the medical school as part of the college, name and all...as is done at every other university graduate school all over the country. No way for anyone to collect on this, but a good bet would be that ASU will get its name back one day. This overwhelming public outrage won't be quelled.

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harley_52 12/12/12 - 10:18 am
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"This overwhelming public outrage won't be quelled."

Ya think?

Seems to me it's pretty much quelled already. Yes, there are a few diehards who haven't accepted it, but most have grudgingly accepted that you can't fight city hall and moved on with their lives. Heck, some are even calling it an "excellent compromise."

Lots of similarities to the Obamacare issue. Just about everybody thinks it's a bad idea, but we're helpless to change it.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/12/12 - 05:19 pm
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Harely, sure the GRU name

Harely, sure the GRU name will be around for a few years, but I sincerely believe it will be changed one day.

bentman
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bentman 12/13/12 - 10:13 am
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Update from Virginia Beach

A friend of mine posted a note on Facebook which might interest folks. He previously wrote the Regent development office to see if they would receive contributions to offset the cost of the trademark legal action. Below is the response:

Hank,

I spoke with the attorney and things are progressing with the lawsuit. He was not prepared to release a lot of detail, but did say the state of GA has filed a counter complaint which we are now working through. He mentioned that you could look in to the pleadings in the state of Georgia for more info. Now that the lawsuit has been filed, I asked him if we can now accept funds in support of the defense and he indicated that we could. If you have an interest in supporting the case financially, you can send a check made out to Regent with a note in the memo section indicating you would like it to be used to offset the cost of the legal defense.

Thanks so more for your inquiry and for your support of Regent University!

Best regards,

Lynanne M. Kaiser
Executive Director of Advancement Marketing and Operations

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