Public sentiment shunned

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Observing events surrounding naming our new university, many are dumbfounded by the choice made by the Board of Regents in the face of seemingly universal preference for a name that incorporates the word “Augusta.”

It is quite obvious the city-county government, local media, uncounted residents and Augusta State University students and faculty disapprove of the proposed “Georgia Regents University.” The question must be raised: Why are both the regents and Georgia Health Sciences University President Ricardo Azziz so insistent on the selected name? Is there some cogent and perhaps unknown reason why GRU was chosen? If so, there has been no explanation to the public.

If the regents and Azziz are aware of the enormous resistance to GRU, why are they still going down that path? A university would greatly benefit from strong community support and pride, and any administrator of that university would perhaps find goals easier to reach when the community is fully aboard.

May we hope the regents and Azziz are rethinking steps already taken? It seems an incredible waste of energy and good will to so resist the feelings and wishes of the people of the Augusta area. The lack of flexibility remains very puzzling.

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omnomnom 10/21/12 - 08:50 am
hope the ardent save the A

hope the ardent save the A supporters show up at the doubletree hotel tuesday to show deal whats what

MadeinAmerica 10/28/12 - 01:34 pm
Although I'm not "in the

Although I'm not "in the know", it seems to me Augusta was omitted from the name because the plan is to create a top 50 comprehensive research university here in our town, something that will HUGELY benefit out town. This will require us to outcompete GA Tech, UGA, and GA State for funding dollars. And since their is no University in the country with a city in the name that is ahead of the "state" schools in that state (except where names like UCLA, UNC Chapel Hill, etc are used, which are not used in GA), we should not have Augusta in the name. For example, the University of Miami is not ahead of Univ of Florida, the University of Cincinnati is not ahead of Ohio State, Univ of Louisville is not ahead of Univ of Kentucky, Univ of Pittsburgh is not ahead of Penn St, Universit of Houston is not ahead of Univ of Texas, etc. Also, don't forget that none of the three names submitted by the student petition had Augusta in them.

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