Name choice disrespects us

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While Augusta Chronicle Publisher William S. Morris III and I are not on a first-name basis, his decision to resign from the Board of Visitors at Georgia Health Sciences University (née Medical College of Georgia, whose founders include an ancestor) is a decision that all associated with GHSU and Augusta State University can applaud.

He has been an Augusta champion for many years. Mr. Morris’ personal, and now very public, decision sums up the feelings many of us have on the high-handed manner in which our community is being treated.

With its boneheaded selection of the name “Georgia Regents University” (the institution resulting from the forced marriage of GHSU and ASU), the Board of Regents has demonstrated wholesale disdain for the citizens of our area who support both and for everyone who ever attended either school. The attitude projected by the regents and GHSU President Ricardo Azziz epitomizes the arrogance and disrespect of those hired by the public (as is Dr. Azziz) and appointed to represent the public (as are the regents).

It appears that the GRU decision was “in the bag” long before publicly announced. The much-ballyhooed process to select the best name, with community input, was a sham and a waste of $45,000 in tax dollars. As for a name, “University of Augusta” has a nice ring.

I am not sure tar and feathers should be reserved for Dr. Azziz alone – as implied by Deputy Editorial Page Editor Joe Hotchkiss (“With new university under an assumed name, what’s next?” Aug. 12) . The tar pot and feather bale should be sufficiently large to include all of the self-serving parties – i.e., the regents who supported the GRU name. I’ll wager someone in town has a pot big enough for the job.

Again, well done, Mr. Morris!

Cone S. Underwood


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soapy_725 08/17/12 - 09:47 am
We would hope that Billy's decision

is heart felt. Not just political posturing. Morris has land that may become GRU campuses. But living in climate where everything is a "power struggle", we would speculate that this is just another power move. Suddenly when the GRU is a done deal without repair, we find "new opposition" from those who could have had a significant impact on the name change early in the process? Sounds like old politics. "I voted for it, but I was against it, and now that it has passed, I am clearly opposed to it".

David Parker
David Parker 08/17/12 - 12:37 pm
So true. The decision did

So true. The decision did come down to the Regents and they have clearly indicated that their perception of Augusta is negative, just as much and more than Dr Z.

Fiat_Lux 08/17/12 - 03:08 pm
The bottom line on this

is that we are going to have to hit them where it hurts. Once we get our state legislators on board, this protest might go somewhere. Without them with us, well, we hopefully will be without them after the next election cycle.

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