The University System of Georgia Board of Regents gave final approval on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 to the creation of Georgia Regents University, a product of the merger of the former Augusta State and Georgia Health Sciences universities, one of four mergers it voted to begin in 2012.
Consolidation saw its share of controversy through a drawn out merger process, particularly over the choice of the name Georgia Regents over the much more popular University of Augusta. It prompted a pending lawsuit from Regent University in Virginia that claims the name violates its trademark.
This page will remain to chronicle the history of Augusta State University, as it existed prior to the merger with Georgia Health Sciences University.
Augusta State University continues to grow physically and academically.
Augusta State's enrollment continues to increase. In 2008, the university established a partnership with the Georgia Institute of Technology, so that ASU could offer a pre-engineering program. Students in the program would finish work on an engineering degree at Georgia Tech's Savannah campus.
To accommodate its expanding academic opportunities and growing student body, school leaders are looking to expand its Wrightsboro Road campus.
The university has requested $27.5 million to construct a new 75,000 square-foot academic facility on Wrightsboro Road. The University System Board of Regents has put the construction project into its six-year plan.
AUGUSTA STATE UNIVERSITY: 2500 Walton Way; a public institution of the University System of Georgia. It offers more than 50 programs of study leading to associate, bachelor's, master's and specialist degrees, a paralegal certificate and a cooperative doctoral degree; (706) 737-1400; www.aug.edu.