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Regarding the merged universities’ unpopular name change to Georgia Regents University: Has anyone considered the compromise of preserving the cherished names of Augusta State University and the Medical College of Georgia under the umbrella of a name such as Georgia University of Arts and Sciences (my personal favorite) or Georgia Regents University (if we must – and if the Virginia lawsuit fails)?

Notable precedents for this solution abound: Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest University; Peabody College of Education at Vanderbilt University; Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University; Atlanta University Center Consortium, consisting of Clark Atlanta University, Spelman College, Morehouse College and the Morehouse School of Medicine; and on and on.

For this compromise to work, each logo would need to feature the school name (ASU/MCG) in a prominent position, with the consortium name in a smaller font. Also, Georgia Health Sciences University President Ricardo Azziz and the Board of Regents would need to improve their public relations and leadership skills.

Lynn Mertins


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prov227 08/27/12 - 12:28 am
Arts and Sciences is too narrow ...

This name leaves out the important schools of education and business at ASU. Maybe, Liberal Arts College of Augusta and Medical College of Georgia under an umbrella name. However, I still see no reason why Augusta University wouldn't be suitable as the umbrella name. After all Wake Forest University, in your example, carries forward the name of a very small town near Raleigh, two hundred miles away. It's all about history and tradition, the stuff academia thrives on.

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