Give GRU chance to grow

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I understand the displeasure and disappointment with the name “Georgia Regents University.” My wife and I are alumni and former athletes of Augusta College. I now proudly serve on the Board of Trustees of Augusta State University. No one wanted “University of Augusta” more than my wife and I.

I hate that all this amazing energy is being used to protest the name, and all of the countless positives, growth and possibilities this affords our community are not the major focus.

I remember the hundreds of calls I received when AC became ASU. I didn’t like the name change one bit. Now I look at the beautiful campus, the national championships, the Final Four/Elite Eight appearances and the campus energy, and wonder: Would all this have happened without the new name and goals?

Then the mighty uproar when Medical College of Georgia became Georgia Health Sciences University. All the discussion about this was prelude to an Athens medical school campus. What it brought was a new focus, and now an opportunity this town hasn’t had since Bobby Jones started a golf tournament here.

Now we have the consolidation of ASU/GHSU, becoming GRU. Do I like the name? Not really. Will it grow on me? Sure. What excites me is: millions in new infrastructure and construction projects for Augusta; a potential billion-dollar economic impact; zero probability of the medical school going to Athens; 6,000 new energetic young people in Augusta; students living on the Summerville campus; the potential of our athletic programs; a new downtown campus that could be the boost our downtown deserves; being one of only four research Universities in Georgia; and, potentially, having the
finest medical research university in the United States.

I wish that, over time, GRU becomes a great source of pride for the Augusta area. I feel confident we will look back in 10-15 years and see how much Augusta grew because of GRU.

Go Jaguars!

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Right on
Right on 08/15/12 - 08:05 am
In all due respect Brad, the

In all due respect Brad, the money will flow regardless of name. The recent donation of $10,000,000 by Dr. Williams was decided long before the name decision. The change to Augusta State was okay as it was not far from the tree. The new name however is no where near the grove.

dichotomy 08/15/12 - 09:02 am
Mr. Usry....I applaud you for

Mr. Usry....I applaud you for taking the high road. However, it is a road that we should not have had to travel. Even if the new name did not include Augusta, Gerogia Regents (Regents') University is just an ugly name. It means nothing and says nothing about the school, courses of study, location, heritage, or purpose. It very much sounds like just another "online" diploma mill that just popped up from nowhere while two distinguished and well known schools diappear.

Many say that when you make a decision and half of the people love and the other half hate it, you must have made the right decision. In this case nobody likes the name. The students don't like it, the alumni of both schools don't like it, the faculty members don't like it, and the entire population of the surrounding counties don't like it. In fact, I think Azziz is the ONLY one who likes it.

You only have to make the decision about taking the high road AFTER you are whipped and I don't think the students, faculty, alumni, and total regional population feel like they are whipped yet. Let's let the anger and protests play out BEFORE Azziz spends another $million on new signage.

willie7 08/15/12 - 10:16 am
Brad, I certainly want to

Brad, I certainly want to commend you for thinking big.
Augusta needs some more citizens like you.
We all need to look at the big picture and the future.
We are sitting on a gold mine and don't know what to do with it.
Hail to thee, Brad!!!!!

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