Many GRU questions linger

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Well, here we are. Georgia Health Sciences University President Ricardo Azziz got his way and eliminated “Augusta” from the city’s only university supported by state tax dollars (tax dollars, by the way, that include the significant sums sent to Atlanta from Augusta). With this understanding, I have questions that have been bothering me since this fiasco began.

First, since, according to Dr. Azziz, Augusta is not “cool” and cannot be included in the name of the university, why doesn’t the new Georgia Regents University return the $10 million it received from the city for the purchase and development of Gilbert Manor? While this contribution would not be large enough to engender “naming rights” for the entire enterprise, it should allow for naming a facility or program.

Second, why should the city and its elected representatives support the narrowing of a major roadway for an enterprise that is obviously ashamed of its association with our city? Laney-Walker Boulevard has historical significance and provides direct connection between communities that need the connection. Universities around the country are divided by city streets.

Finally, are the regents who were hoodwinked by Dr. Azziz going to demand a return to the state coffers, – the taxpayers of Georgia – the $45,000 that was wasted on the study whose results were ignored? Since the funds were enterprise funds – funds given to GHSU by Georgia – shouldn’t the person at the top return those funds from his own resources? According to reports, it appears the results of this study were misrepresented for the Board of Regents to be able to point to the poll results to support Dr. Azziz’ choice of names.

Except for Regent William H. “Dink” NeSmith Jr., all other members of the Board of Regents who have any further political aspirations should think twice before asking Augustans to support their efforts, since they have shown us by their votes in this matter how much they value our input and support. Are you listening, Benjamin J. Tarbutton III?

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Riverman1 08/15/12 - 06:54 am
Excellent letter

Excellent letter. I'm not sure Dr. Azziz understood the implications of the city's gift of the Gilbert Manor property to MCG. He's not well read on such matters. Moving those residents out into new housing was a tremendous undertaking by the city. It was done simply to provide land for MCG to expand. This is certainly not a "thank you."

For those who say MCG pours billions into the local economy, well so does Ft. Gordon and I don't believe we would simply give them $10 million in anything. They are another government agency, as MCG is, and we would expect them to pay.

americafirst 08/15/12 - 07:24 am
Don't forget the Kroger

Don't forget the Kroger property that was sold to MCG for half the price the city could have gotten from the Wal Mart developers.

David Parker
David Parker 08/15/12 - 11:34 am
There's more than questions

There's more than questions lingering around this debacle. Stinks worse each day from festering.

i would suggest concentrating on damage control at this point and if the BoR are already, then might I suggest stepping up your game. It is not working. The more you get people like Deke to come out in support for GRU, the more you disenfranchise the folks who disagree with your methods and results of your naming process. My only submission at this point: Augusta Regents University

take it or leave it, that's your M.O. anyway with regard to the city of Augusta.

bronz 08/15/12 - 09:01 pm

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