Name scheme goes deeper

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Ever since you printed my letter last month (“Boycott both schools,’ Aug. 12), I have been musing over the reason for the resistance to changing the name of Augusta State University and Georgia Health Sciences University to “Georgia Regents University.”

I have now come up with some thoughts as to what I see as a hidden agenda.

I think that they are only halfway through this naming program.

I believe the powers that be have a much grander scheme than they have put forth so far.

To have a name that will stand out, and an institution that is second to none, they must continue with their changes. The national schools, like the University of Michigan and Notre Dame, not only have medical and fine arts colleges, but they have engineering colleges.

I envision GHSU President Ricardo Azziz moving everything to Athens. The medical college will have to be moved to Athens.

They will come up with a multinational company wanting to locate in Atlanta.

That new company will buy out the Georgia Tech campus, and that school also will be relocated to Athens.

We can then rename the new institution “The University of Georgia Medical and Arts Tech.” They will shorten that to GMAT. They will keep sub-campuses in Augusta and Atlanta, and possibly put new subs in one or two other new areas.

I cannot imagine Azziz being able to keep his plans bottled up for very long.

I cannot see how 17 of the 18 members of the Board of Regents can be bribed to participate in such a grandiose scheme. And I can’t imagine the audacity of Azziz to go against the will of the people in the naming of the institution, and the revision of the entire educational system.

Richard J. Moser


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Butterbean 09/13/12 - 06:24 am
Far Fetched?

While Richard has some comments that are (most likely) far fetched, there is no doubt that there REALLY IS more to this situation that meets the eye. In the past the regents have always been very cognizant of community situations with their institutions. In this case it appears (to me) that the decision was made, the one regent against the Georgia Regents University name was "allowed" to vote against it because it was pretty much "his territory" and he has to go home at night. In addition, Dr. Azziz is only doing what he was hired - and directed - to do. Individuals like this are usually around until the "dirty work" is done and then they move on and leave the mess behind.
So, yes. I believe that there is more to this situation that we will be seeing unfold in the future. In the meantime keep an eye on the moral, the personnel changes, and the key position resignations at these institutions as "his people" are put into leadership positions.

socks99 09/13/12 - 06:15 pm
Unfortunately, our Regents

Unfortunately, our Regents seem mostly clueless about how to manage the University system; they simply "go with the flow" and vote "yay or nay" on the various proposals carefully vetted and handed to them by System insiders; they do not have enough information or enough intestinal fortitude to actually do their own homework; or oppose the "majority's will."

As for medical college graduates, the quality and numbers of these folks will impact GA; if the programs are more efficient (less expensive), then more graduates ought be the result; if the Regents politicize the process and at the same time make medical education significantly more expensive or less effective, then fewer graduates will be seen; that will hurt GA.

In their willingness to ditch the name "MCG" they have also indicated their willingness to overturn and ignore the vast alumni support and even public support that had been bestowed on that institution. Apparently, they deliberately sacrificed that good will simply to counteract those opposed to a new medical school. Assurances, now, of a much-improved institution ought bring caution; they say once burned, twice shy; and,

Fool me once, shame on you! Fool me twice, shame on me!

Little Lamb
Little Lamb 09/13/12 - 10:59 pm
Welcome Back

Good to hear from you again, Socks. You are absolutely thumbs up correct. The members of the Board of Regents are not educators, but rather are political hacks appointed by the governor as patronage for their campaign contributions. They are manipulated by the charmers at the institutions. Azziz is the chief cobra charmer.

dstewartsr 09/13/12 - 11:19 pm
"Azziz is the chief cobra charmer"

Really, LL? Azziz looks like Al Franken after dropping out of a twelve step program and to hear him speak is like "Reverend Jim" from "Taxi." The man is as charming as a skid row skivvies skid mark.

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