Include 'Georgia' in name

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I am writing regarding the uproar over the recent naming of the merged institutions of Georgia Health Sciences University and Augusta State University.

I am an alumnus of the Medical College of Georgia, and practiced surgery in Augusta for almost 30 years, and feel I am entitled to an opinion.

I am not a fan of GHSU President Ricardo Azziz, having never met him. I also do not particularly care for the name Georgia Regents University for the merged schools. I also do not think the merged schools should be named Augusts State University.

These institutions never should have been merged. They have different academic histories, functions and goals. The former Medical College of Georgia is one of the larger medical schools in the country. It is almost 200 years old.

It has national and international recognition, with a history of outstanding faculty such as William Moretz (vascular surgery), Virgil Sydensticker (internal medicine) and Raymond Alquist (pharmacology). Dr. Alquist was the first to identify and classify adrenergic receptors into alpha and beta classes. This led to the introduction of many medications used today, and has revolutionized the treatment of cardiovascular diseases. Many of his contemporaries feel he should have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine for his work in this field.

Augusta State University is much younger – its Augusta College name dating from the 1950s. It initially was a commuter college, deriving most of its students locally. I don’t think it has a national reputation for academic excellence. It does have national recognition in athletics, for its golf and basketball teams.

When two institutions merge, one must dominate. It is foolhardy to think ASU will be the dominant one. It is a local institution. The medical college is a state institution with alumni from all over the nation.

This new institution is not a local university, but it is the flagstaff medical school and research institution for all of Georgia, and for this reason should have “Georgia” in its name.

Charles R. Veazey, M.D.

Augusta

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constituent
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constituent 08/26/12 - 11:20 pm
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We citizens of Richmond

We citizens of Richmond County are great thinkers and the name should included " Augusta" the second largest city in Georgia we bring the heat down on (with a pen and paper) you if we get pee- off. President Azziz should resign asap.

skeptical
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skeptical 08/27/12 - 05:08 am
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We citizens . . .

Yu'all sho is.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/27/12 - 05:10 am
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Whether They Should Be Combined Is Another Story

The regents are the ones who decided to combine the schools in an effort to save money. We accept that and realize the union is complete. But to suggest the graduate, medical school, should be the name for the undergraduate college that has business and other programs is not logical. Sorry, my friend, Dr. Veazy.

Hey, watch out for the SWAT team at MCG...if you remember what I mean.

americafirst
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americafirst 08/27/12 - 07:14 am
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Dr. Veazy's thinking is what

Dr. Veazy's thinking is what is upsetting to Augustans. The merger is resulting in the effective elimination of ASU not only in substance but now by the new name. It is the great sense of the loss of our school that is gripping this community.

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agustinian 08/27/12 - 07:08 am
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Well said

Well Dr. Veazey -- Well said! In all this kerfuffle over the "Augusta" name, the interests of the larger institution in terms of national recognition, age, and budget, to wit: Medical College of Georgia, were lost.

You are also correct -- the merger was stupid. There are no inefficiencies to be gained.

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KSL 08/27/12 - 07:42 am
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Absolutely

Why have they not combined GT and GA State or all of those other small local colleges I have never heard of since I moved from GA? There is something really amiss here.

MCG changed its name before merger was announced. We have been bombarded at the same time with announcements of hugely increasesd donations to GHSU and a new cancer center.

This begs the question, what exactly is behind the need to combine the schools?

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Little Lamb 08/27/12 - 07:51 am
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Vanity

Do you remember that one of the names suggested by the special committee that Gruzziz appointed was Noble University ? That's right, Noble University.

The very name Regents is about as ignoble as you can get. The political appointees known as the Board of Regents propose to name the merged university after themselves!

They might as well call the merged school Vanity University. It is a university named after a bunch of political hacks. They got their board position merely by contributing to the governor's political campaign. Within the next five to ten years, they will be replaced by different campaign contributors, but the ugly name will live on.

We must continue to oppose this political name. The school is worthy of a name more noble than a board of political hacks.

KSL
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KSL 08/27/12 - 07:57 am
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Numerous new local colleges

Numerous new local colleges in the GA system have been created in the last few decades. But suddenly, 2 older establishments have to be combined in the name of saving money. There is something going on that is not being disclosed.

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americafirst 08/27/12 - 08:45 am
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I disagree, KSL about the

I disagree, KSL about the money saving motivation. As I recall, it was specifically stated that the reason for the merger was not necessarily to save money and that it probably wouldn't.

KSL
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KSL 08/27/12 - 10:21 am
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Sorry, what I read had to do

Sorry, what I read had to do with cost savings. What was the reason for the merger otherwise? The missions have nothing in common.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/27/12 - 10:32 am
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Cost Savings

Azziz has no plans to cut costs when the schools merge. He has already added several new high-paying positions that have nothing to do with instruction of students. He likes words with z in them, such as Czar.

Down with Grooo.

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seenitB4 08/27/12 - 11:02 am
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Please please

Keep azzziz in Augusta....we sho don't want him around Atlanta...hey...he might want to change the name of Stone Mountain.....now wouldn't that be a funny......

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crackertroy 08/27/12 - 07:22 pm
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Great Letter Veazey
Unpublished

Veazey makes some excellent points, the merger should have never happened. I still want University of Augusta to be the new name if we must.

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PKRichmond 08/28/12 - 12:14 pm
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Name Augusta is not a wise choice

All the people who argue to add Augusta seems to be missing a crucial point. GHSU has satellite campuses ( like UGA has a one in Atlanta) it doesn't make sense to name it after Augusta, as the new university mission is statewide . So how are we gonna call current GHSU satellite campus in Rome. Univ Augusta in Rome? That sounds like Virginia college ( which is not that reputed).

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