GRU compromise works

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Taking all-or-nothing positions when resolving controversial issues rarely lead to any resolutions. Compromise is a necessary goal in such situations. The recent agreement to add “Augusta” to Georgia Regent University’s brand name is a good compromise.

This does not mean the many comments expressing our community’s disappointment over the University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents’ initial decision were not justified. Fortunately, that controversial decision prompted strong and good leaders of our community to create and pursue a great campaign to “Save the A.” Not only did these leaders – all of whom I personally know and highly respect – volunteer tremendous time, energy and funds to the campaign, but they did so in the face of an unwavering and steadfast refusal on the part of the board to reconsider their decision.

From the beginning, reality dictated the “Save the A” campaign had little to no chance of changing the board’s decision. That reality remains. To include “Augusta” in the name at all, in any form, required unique compromise. I commend all involved for doing just that.

We as a community also must remember this compromise was not just about the name. We have received a $100 million commitment from Gov. Nathan Deal of state funds dedicated to improve and expand Georgia Regent University Augusta. With almost every school within the university system waiting to pounce on those funds, GRU Augusta stands first in that line.

Is having a brand name that includes “Augusta” as part of it as good as having “Augusta” in the official name? No. Is having “Augusta” as part of the brand name an excellent compromise considering an all or nothing approach likely would have ended with no funding or name change at all? Absolutely. So, I personally thank Nick Evans and others who led the “Save the A” campaign, as well as Georgia Health Sciences University President Ricardo Azziz, Gov. Deal and University System Chancellor Hank Huckaby for their willingness to discuss and reach a compromise and financially commit to a better GRU Augusta.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/12/12 - 07:34 am
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Tying Naming to Funding

The state giving our schools $100 million and tying it to this naming shows that the powers that be feel guilty about the hideous name too. Maybe we could have even been given even more money if we had let them name it Grand Supreme Regents, Emperors of the State, Cyclops University.

omnomnom
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omnomnom 12/12/12 - 09:22 am
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Makes Me feel like a

Makes Me feel like a prostitute, have their way with the city of Augusta and then throw some money at us. But whatever. Go jagruars

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 12/12/12 - 10:00 am
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Was this actually supposed to make us feel better?

You can rationalize the intractable obtuseness and disdain for us from Azziz and the BOR thugs all you like, Bob, and perhaps your masters will notice and give you a pat on the head, but you're just wrong.

Americans, especially Southern Americans, don't swallow that kind of treatment and smile like idiots. Well, most of us who aren't idiots don't.

harley_52
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harley_52 12/12/12 - 11:03 am
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"Excellent Compromise?"

Hardly. Who are you kidding?

It's like being robbed of $10,000 but "compromising" with the robber, even praising him when he returns half the money. An "excellent compromise" for sure.

I suggest we "compromise" with the Governor if he runs in the next election by almost voting for him as we push his opponent's button.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 12/12/12 - 12:28 pm
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Really excellent comment, Harley

Wonderful analogies and suggestion.

...point to ponder
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...point to ponder 12/12/12 - 02:49 pm
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No compromise...

No one is to be congratulated for this half baked compromise. This compromise just added insult to injury!

This poorly conceived name change will never be accepted by the masses.

The law suit is the only remaining hope that this gets undone since no one in the decision msking process locally has the balls to do the right thing. (*especislly our elected officials in the state senate and state house... they have been completely quite during this entire ordeal.... vote them out with the Governor.

FYI... The money was coming no matter what!

prov227
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prov227 12/12/12 - 03:26 pm
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Compromise is the work of the devil, I've heard ...

but I guess lawyers get along in that environment. Awfully nice for the State of Georgia (wait a minute, isn't that the taxpayers?) to fund its only(?) public medical, dental and allied programs, as well as ASU programs to deliver an opportunity for college aspirants in the Augusta area (second largest city, I hear).

Azziz lost the Augusta community's trust.
The BOR has lost their respect.
Deal has lost my vote (and maybe others).
GRU's alumni association has lost my wallet.
"Save the A" was a good show.

It is great to have good leadership. But the role of the leader is to care and listen to the people that they are leading. In this respect, there has been a monumental failure that will have an effect for some time.

scamp1
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scamp1 12/12/12 - 03:58 pm
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Governor's Promises

"We have received a $100 million commitment from Gov. Nathan Deal of state funds dedicated to improve and expand Georgia Regent University Augusta."

Recall, the state "committed" $30 million for a new nursing and education building after five years of the project working its way up the BOR ladder. Two million in design funds was appropriated (thanks to Barbara Sims) and was spent for the design of the building to be on the 9 acres the city gave ASU. Azziz stopped all this - a waste of $2 million and channeled the remaining $28 million somewhere. This $30 million was already promised so all the governor had to do was come up with $70 million promise. But wait - $35 million or more was already promised to GHSU for the cancer center - leaving the governor only with really a $35 million empty promise. Not one penny has yet been awarded either institution for the merger - just a lot of debt. Name change debt, marketing firm debt, new office debt, moving debt, etc, I know the Save the A did all they could, but a compromise is when both sides give. ASU was already bled out.

harley_52
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harley_52 12/12/12 - 04:35 pm
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Thanks Fiat_Lux....

....you're too kind.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 12/12/12 - 06:09 pm
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Like the Ole western adage

Don't pee down my boot and tell me its rainin'. Seems applicable here. I'm sure that money was already headed that way long before this became a big Deal. hee,hee,so punny.

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 12/12/12 - 09:11 pm
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When I did background work for Jay Mann in the early 80's

we called this a Fluff Piece.
Something written to make a person, a problem or a concern smell better than it did or should have. To Smooth over feelings so to say.

I can see Fluff is not dead.

But there is still alternatives in the works. ;-)

BTW:
Is the article's writer Lawyer Robert L. Allgood & former Superior Court Judge under Give'm Hell Zell?

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 12/12/12 - 10:30 pm
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Countyman? Is that you

Countyman? Is that you writing letters to the editor?

Bizkit
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Bizkit 12/12/12 - 10:33 pm
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Yeah I use to know this

Yeah I use to know this "fluffer" too but that was a different occupation. LOL.

KasparHauser
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KasparHauser 12/15/12 - 07:45 am
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Get Over It
Unpublished

Living well is the best revenge.

Get over it and go forward. The tides coming in, the water is cold, and your flogger is getting wet.

It's good training for later: when, through the window of the Sons of the Confederacy grand meeting hall/single-wide trailer, you see a 'muslim' getting elected and running the country like a moderate Republican; when through the window of your homophobic church you see gays getting married and prospering just like any 'godly' marriage; when, through the cloudy plastic of your oxygen tent you see Life going on, as yours ebbs away.

An education should free you from having any of that happen, in most cases by keeping you out of bad company, to begin with.

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