Fight new university name

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I wonder: Did Georgia Health Sciences University President Ricardo Azziz and the Board of Regents go with “Georgia Regents University” so we could see a united Augusta? They’ve certainly created an Augusta united against one of the worst names that was presented as an option for Augusta’s university.

Associating a university with a state board of regents is unheard of. I fail to see why doing so would make an institution more attractive to applicants. If anything, it takes agency of the university away from the students and faculty and gives it to a group of bureaucrats. How will that bring in students who would be excited about their place in a new school?

Also, why is it so pivotal for the new university to nominally disassociate itself with the city of Augusta? The College of Charleston, the University of Rochester and Pomona College are just a few examples of schools that have embraced their communities and have excelled in drawing students from across the nation. Their percentages of out-of-state students among their student bodies are 34.2 percent, 54 percent and 68 percent, respectively.

Can somebody explain why Dr. Azziz and Co. want to distance the medical school from Doctors Hospital’s burn center; University Hospital’s heart and cancer centers; MCG HealthCare’s pediatrics; and the Veterans Administration hospital’s spinal cord injury unit? All of them are regionally recognized medical centers.

Finally, Dr. Azziz has never worked closely with an athletics department. and it shows. School sporting events are an excellent way to increase revenue for the school, and the best way for the new school to maximize its revenue at such events is to draw on the community that has supported Augusta State University for years.

I hope Augusta doesn’t accept the name of this university without a fight.

Jonathan Wetherbee


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Shellman 08/13/12 - 12:45 am

It is the state's university.. primarily paid for by state taxpayers who do not even live in the Augusta area. If you want an Augusta university, then divorce it from the University System of Georgia and make it a city university supported by city taxpayers. let's see how well that does.

Riverman1 08/13/12 - 02:14 am
Excellent letter. Augusta

Excellent letter. Augusta State U has always been a state university just as Columbus State, Savannah State and so on. Taxpayers from all over the state pay for colleges all over the state is right though although I'm not sure what it means. The alumni donate lots to ASU and GHSU. The city has given millions to the medical school in land for expansion.

Let Dr. Azziz have his umbrella GRU name for both schools, but keep the separate names of ASU and GHSU intact. That's the solution to get around this horrendous mistake.

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