Make the most of new GRU

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On Aug. 8, after looking at The Augusta Chronicle’s cartoon and reading the editorial comments about the selected name for the merged Augusta State University and Georgia Health Sciences University, I remembered something that Lester Moody, former manager of the Metro Augusta Chamber of Commerce, told me 50 years ago when I first came to Augusta: “Don’t burn bridges that you will have to cross again.” Paths change, and we move back and forth to move forward.

Consider that Augusta has no representation on the Board of Regents. Our regent does not live in Augusta. The regents are in control, and we should move in the direction of making the best out of this merger. How can we do that?

Georgia Regents University could and should be made up of several colleges, such as the College of Medicine, the College of Health Sciences, the College of Liberal Arts and so on. We also should ask for a $10 million ad campaign to let people know that this university got its start more than 200 years ago. While we have a new name, the same history and quality of the past still is present, and will be enhanced by a new emphasis on science, health, medicine, research and liberal arts.

Let us concentrate on further developing the newly named university as a great place for an education. Yes, football, too, and new dormitories and research facilities!

Making the most of this situation makes sense to me, particularly when I look at what they could have taken away from our area – and may yet, if we keep fighting them. Let us make history record our efforts in a positive, successful way.

Tim F. Maund

Augusta

(The writer, president of an Augusta consulting firm, retired in 1999 after serving as executive director of the CSRA Regional Development Center for 37 years.)

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soapy_725 08/12/12 - 10:25 am
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county man is that you?
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We should just all GRU UP and take our medicine. Platitudes will win all of your battles. "You can talk a subject to death." Congress proves this each and every day.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/12/12 - 10:30 am
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When someone else is paying the check.....
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order lobster and champagne. The taxpayers will pay the check as always after the BS, MBS and the PhD smoke subsides. Always have and always will. The visionaries create the maps and masses buy the land with their blood and taxes. The history of the world power system.

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Edward B. Turner 08/12/12 - 04:20 pm
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Mr. Maund, why are you trying

Mr. Maund, why are you trying to taint your son's good names with such clueless observations? It's obvious that you and Dr. Azziz are from the same cut of cloth...and that fabric has worn very thin... and tattered.
One must know when to 'hang up' their spikes, so might I suggest that you take up fly-fishing instead of just aimlessly following the herd of idiotic complacency. Sad.

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Shellman 08/12/12 - 05:39 pm
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well said Mr Maund
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I agree.. do the locals want this to be a small local-oriented commuter university or one with State level and national level prominence? There has been considerable anxiety over the last few years that there are efforts afoot to move the state's main medical school to UGA in Athens. That may still happen and all of the local whining over this name gives them plenty of reason to do so. I'm sure Athens would be happy to have the medical school.
The fact of the matter is Augusta has virtually no prominence in the state legislature and it has no representation on the Board of Regents. Some people here act like they are under the delusion that Roy Harris is still alive and all of the state political leaders are clamoring to kiss his ring. Those days are long gone. Augusta should thank its stars for even still having a medical school.. now they want to whine because they didn't get to pick the name they want. Well guess what people? Augusta lives off the generosity of state taxpayers... Virtually the entire economy of Augusta is propped up by the state and federal governments.. so don't look a gift horse in the mouth. SRS is going thru downsizing.. Fort Gordon may not survive a future BRAC.. just what would Augusta do if it lost its medical school. It's about the only thing left that brings educated professionals to the city./

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Tullie 08/12/12 - 05:54 pm
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Re: Shellman's post

Is that you Azziz? Ha, just kidding. You and that Mr. Maund sound like him.

No one said anything about "wanting a small local-oriented commuter university or one with State level and national level prominence?"

Again what folks are upset about is the charade Azziz put everyone through..here folks pick a name..any name has to be three words..blah blah..going through all that crap and then lying to people and coming up with Georgia Regents University. A name that everyone hates, everyone. That name did not even come up on his list that was sent out to other areas.

And this joker has the nerve to be "sad" for us. And then people like you come along and say the whole community is whining. Well you can kiss my grits..is what I say. I call it standing up for what is right. That California boy came into town and thought he could pull a fast one over us. We are not happy with the way it was handled at all.

The name is horrible, who the heck wants that..we will be the laughing stock with GRU..makes me sick.

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Fiat_Lux 08/12/12 - 06:27 pm
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Some people are relentless

in their total refusal to get the point. Sure, Augusta is not a name specifically associated YET with academia, but the whole point of Azziz's visionary machinations is to make this merged New U become known everywhere.

Clemson, SC wasn't always associated with a school and neither was Auburn, AL, yet Boston's stellar academic reputation was based on neither Boston College nor Boston University but on Harvard University. There is no reason NOT to rename MCG+ASU the University of Augusta.

THE NAME IS NOT WHAT WILL MAKE THE DIFFERENCE! In truth, those hacks could have called us anything at all and it would have not changed our future fame or standing in the world of academe in the slightest.

Here's the reality for you: if significantly higher numbers of researchers at MCG start publishing really high quality, ground-breaking research in top peer reviewed journals, and if they can obtain huge amounts of funding for more research, including cutting edge Phase I and II clinical trials, then top flight researchers from everywhere will compete to come to Augusta.

In any case that will take time, but there is no reason why the University of Augusta would be any less famous any later than would Georgia Regents University. However, it sure would be a boost if we could galvanize the support of the entire community to kick start and take it there.

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Shellman 08/12/12 - 06:24 pm
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I completely agree about the charade
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I will not defend Azziz on the charade on the name search. That was a pr disaster of epic proportions. I am pretty sure this was the name they wanted months ago.. so why not just make an announcement and not go through the motions of pretending to get input and take suggestions seriously? I think that was handled very poorly. But what does it help to keep griping anbout that? What purpose does it serve? This is the name the regents have chosen... they have the final say. I understand in the immediate aftermath there will be a lot of emotional reactions from locals but in time most people will move on and accept this as the new name. There was no way to make everyone happy with the new name considering the two schools being merged. GHSU alums were not keen on being labelled an Augusta school.. and now the ASU student body and alums feel they have lost their identity. All completely understandable.. but lets see what the future brings.. already the regents have pledged $100 million to the new school in the form of a state of the art cancer center...That's $100 million being pumped into the local economy by state taxpayers and now the locals want to bite the hand that feeds them over a name? Get over it! Like I said the Regents could have easily decided to move the medical school to Athens.. instead they are expanding the school significantly with an immediate $100 million gift and all the locals can do is whine over the name they chose? How short sighted!

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Fiat_Lux 08/12/12 - 06:34 pm
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No they couldn't have decided that just as easily

Clearly, you have no idea what you are talking about. Do you, Shellman, have the first clue what it would take to move a medical school? It would be insanity, and the cost would be crushing for the state.

Even the regents aren't that stupid.

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Shellman 08/12/12 - 09:21 pm
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They are already in the
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They are already in the process of doing it. The first classes of the medical school at UGA have already begun and as more students choose UGA over Augusta.. more and more of the medical school in Augusta will be moved to Athens piece meal. Calling it Augusta University will only ensure that the process is sped up.

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