I appreciate the many letters that are calling for a better name change at Augusta State University. You might say that I am an expert in name changes.
When I started college, it was the Junior College of Augusta and, the next year, Augusta College, then only a two-year college. So my friends and I went to Georgia Teachers College, with a name change to Georgia Southern College the next year. Now names have changed to Augusta State University and Georgia Southern University.
It is upsetting to think Augusta State is going to be gobbled up by what was once known as the Medical College of Georgia and now Georgia Health Sciences University. It also is upsetting that more than $45,000 of public money was spent on a survey that was totally ignored by officials, yet totally supported the wishes of ASU graduates and many folks who live in Augusta and the CSRA.
If I had my preference, I would love for the two combined schools to stay separate with a quality education at both. However, I will join the others who don’t like the name Georgia Regents University. “Augusta” is a name well-known around the world, and I don’t think anyone is going to confuse it with Augusta, Maine.
I spent two of the best years of my life at Augusta College, and want to continue to be a part of that great institution – and not GRU. I suggest that if the universities must be merged that a more appealing name will be chosen – for example, Augusta Science and Arts University; the Augusta Medical Science and Arts University; Augusta Arts and Science University; or Augusta Masters of Science and Arts University.
North Augusta, S.C.