It boils down to integrity

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Many of our elected officials and non-elected decision-makers are suggesting that students at Augusta State University and Georgia Health Sciences University move on regarding the choice of Georgia Regents University as the new name for the merger of GHSU and ASU.

As an indication of why they should move on, those folks have told students to think of the money that will flow here because of their acquiescence to the change.

We are living the consequences financially in this country of decisions made by people in power where money was the root cause of their individual and collective motivations. As a parent (old enough to be a college student’s parent), I would suggest there is a higher motivation – that of honesty and integrity.

The timing of this naming announcement is strategic. Students soon are to be absorbed in their classes, and the powers that be know that. I believe students have learned their first lesson of the year, and maybe one of the most important of their lifetimes: If you engage people in a process and promise them participation, then you should accept what the outcome may be regardless of whether it fits with your agenda.

That’s integrity. It’s more valuable than all the gold in Fort Knox.

Susan Schepens


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shrimp for breakfast
shrimp for breakfast 08/19/12 - 04:09 am

Good letter Susan.

Move on there's no University name to see here...

Little Lamb
Little Lamb 08/19/12 - 01:44 pm

Mrs. Schepens is absolutely correct about integrity. And there was none to be found in Gruzziz's lobbying of the Board of Regents for Gru.

Also, Mrs. Schepens is right on the mark when she points out the ludicrousness, the absurdity of Gruzziz's and Copenhaver's implication that money for new classrooms on 15th Street is tied to the Gru name.

Mrs. Schepens spoke at one of the forums last week, and was quoted in the Chronicle. She sounds like one classy lady.

fedex227 08/19/12 - 10:21 pm


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