Keep names old and new

Regarding the merged universities’ unpopular name change to Georgia Regents University: Has anyone considered the compromise of preserving the cherished names of Augusta State University and the Medical College of Georgia under the umbrella of a name such as Georgia University of Arts and Sciences (my personal favorite) or Georgia Regents University (if we must – and if the Virginia lawsuit fails)?

Notable precedents for this solution abound: Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest University; Peabody College of Education at Vanderbilt University; Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University; Atlanta University Center Consortium, consisting of Clark Atlanta University, Spelman College, Morehouse College and the Morehouse School of Medicine; and on and on.

For this compromise to work, each logo would need to feature the school name (ASU/MCG) in a prominent position, with the consortium name in a smaller font. Also, Georgia Health Sciences University President Ricardo Azziz and the Board of Regents would need to improve their public relations and leadership skills.

Lynn Mertins


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