Consolidation Working Group gives Board of Regents name choices

The Consolidation Working Group, which guides and informs efforts related to the consolidation of Augusta State and Georgia Health Sciences Universities, has presented its final three choices for the name of the new university to the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. The Regents are expected to make the final naming decision at their August meeting.

The list was shortened from six possibilities presented to the group last month by the Branding Work Team, after extensive public input and market research.

The three names presented to the Board of Regents are:

  • Georgia Arts & Sciences University
  • Georgia Regents University
  • University of Augusta

“I am grateful to the Consolidation Working Groups and the Branding Work Team for all of their hard work on this very important decision,” said GHSU President Ricardo Azziz. “The final decision rests with the Board of Regents and the Working Group and Branding Team have done an excellent job of identifying names that are focused on our future, a future where we will be known as one of the nation’s great universities.”

The new university, which will be headed by Azziz, will be a more than one billion dollar enterprise, with state-wide and national reach. It will include nine colleges, nearly 10,000 students, more than 650 acres of campus and nearly 150 buildings, more than 1,000 full-time faculty, an aligned, integrated and well managed health system, and a growing athletics program that includes back-to-back NCAA Division I national championships.

For more information on the consolidation, visit asughsu.org.

50 thoughts on “Consolidation Working Group gives Board of Regents name choices

  1. I will never for the life of me understand why “Georgia regents” was ever even considered for the name. Thanks for ignoring the student body and faculty who petitioned for “medicine” to remain in the name. An organization which values bureaucracy over alumni will receive financial support from neither.

    1. It doesn’t make any sense to put “Medicine” in the name of our University especially when we consolidate with ASU. To me Georgia National University was the best choice.

    1. This is me reposting an earlier comment by International Scholar:
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      Here is an outsider’s perspective. I am currently a professor at a World Top 20 university and will come to work at GHSU this autumn. If the ultimate goal is to be internationally renown, then “The University of Augusta” is the best of the three. It stands alone (without having to lean on the State’s reputation) and will draw the world’s attention to its location/situation. There are many fine world renown institutions that follow the titling pattern of “University of _________”. Chicago, Toronto, Oxford, Cambridge, Georgia, Los Angeles, Paris, etc, etc.I also believe that the people of Augusta, from many generations deserve to be honored, given that these institutions like MCG and ASU have been supported by this community dating back to the early 1800s. I hope that the Georgia Regents will resist naming the university after themselves, over the University of Augusta. And GASU sounds like a a technical school or regional college that was recently elevated to University status.

  2. I hope that what ever name is chosen people will support the university. I think it is silly for alumni who profess to love their university to withhold money and support over the name change. Everyone has had input from several venues. Clearly no one will be 100% satisfied with the name, but the process was pretty solid in my opinion. All of the names hold the promise of one day representing a prestigious university, but it’s going to take a collective effort for that to happen. I personally support the first name, but no matter what, let’s support this university and it’s mission.
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  3. Where did Georgia Regents come from? What does that even mean really? Have we not been over why University of Augusta doesn’t work to our advantage? The acronym “GAS”U is joke worthy, but probably the best of the three, but not the best that was given to you. Again, as Bob said, the committee has ignored the majority of requests from the student body, the alumni and faculty. This really is farcical. Thanks.

  4. I think GASU is funny but ironically the best name. Georgia Regents University and University of Augusta are great community college or tech school names, but not names that say nationally recognized research university.

  5. I don’t think the board will pick up the second. Most likely they will choose the third, because first University of Augusta represents our city and second the name can last forever even new institutes join in later. The first is better over the third at first glance but the third is potentially better in the future.

  6. I’m glad “The University of Augusta” made the final cut. It has presence, and it’s a name that can grow with the new university. It is also distinct from any other university in the state of Georgia–we won’t be swallowed up as just another Georgia Something or Other University. For people outside the state, especially, that’s important.

    “Georgia Regents” sounds as if it has some association with Regents University in Virginia, and I don’t think that will work to our advantage. ” As for “GAS U,” that’s incredibly unfortunate. At best, it’s crude. At worst, it sounds like some kind of Holocaust or other poison gas reference. Why set ourselves up for those puns?

  7. To solve the “GAS” problem…… just change things around a bit, to:

    Georgia University of Arts and Sciences !

    I would understand the “Augusta” arguement if this were a new start-up school but that’s not the case. I would also understand the Augusta arguement if ASU had a current enrollment of over say 15K. Get on the map now!!! Go GU!

  8. ACRONYMS MATTER!! Wow. So many people actually like GAS U. How can so many people be so shortsighted and (sorry folks) seemingly ignorant? First, every university out there is an arts and sciences school, so “Georgia Arts and Sciences” does nothing to distinguish New U from any other school out there. Second, GAS U conjures images of brown-shirted Nazis, Swastikas, and the Holocaust. GAS U gives me mental images of torture, maiming, and killing innocent people. Genocide is EXACTLY the image we want to market a university that has a large medical school/health sciences division with a hospital attached.

    Georgia Regents University is problematic because the acronym GRU is politically charged. GRU is the English acronym for the Russian military intelligence directorate. The idea that Georgia Regents ties us into the USG works for people who live and work in GA. Few common people outside GA have ever heard a reference to USG or its Board of Regents.The name is not as marketable on a national level as some would think.

    I honestly hope the BOR goes with University of Augusta. It also sounds like a real school– much like University of Chicago, University of Cincinnati, University of Louisville, University of Pittsburgh, University of Denver, University of Detroit, University of Toledo, University of Houston, University of Memphis, University of Toronto, etc. etc. Real schools have “University of” names. They aren’t called GAS U.

  9. Please note that I was being very sarcastic when I made reference to genocide. I do not take genocide lightly and I honestly feel that GAS U would be very offensive to the Jewish community in the CSRA, in Georgia, in the nation, and across the world in general.

  10. To be correct. The student-led petition recommended “Georgia University of Arts and Sciences” and therefore GUAS to avoid the GAS-U problem. Yes acronyms are important.

  11. So the committee didn’t like Georgia Arts and Medicine University (Ga A&M Univ) because they thought people would get the A&M confused with agricultural and mechanical, but GASU is ok???!! Seriously!!

    1. I can sort of understand the GRU and UofA is clearly straight-forward, but GASU over the other Arts etc options makes no sense. I am also bewildered by the committee’s thinking here.

      Having a name with Georgia in it will have no impact beyond our borders aside from continue the confusion with all the other schools with Georgia in the name. U of A is unique. It’s a shame too many people are ashamed of Augusta. A few years from now, it will all seem like a petty argument as the institution’s progress will determine how we are viewed, not our name.

  12. “The student-led petition recommended “Georgia University of Arts and Sciences” ”

    That would be a better choice & it sounds better. Not sure why the committee had to modify it.

  13. Everyone needs to remember where the funding for this (and nearly every GHSU) endeavor comes from – the hospital. MCGHI floats a large portion of the academia budget every year – yet Azziz has made it clear that the “Medical” portion of the organization is not important enough to even make the name. Lose your focus on Healthcare, patients will go elsewhere, and the money will dry up.

    1. I think it’s a huge mistake to leave “medical” or “Health Sciences” out of the name….No one is going to associate this facility with a medical college if it lacks words people associate with medicine. Dr. Azziz reported that 60% of the profits come from the hospital, yet it’s not important enough to include a medical name? I guess it’s true what my Dad always said, “Common sense is not common”.

  14. I think Arts & Sciences is too narrow: ASU has well established Education and Business colleges. The University of Augusta can encompass growth of future programs under its umbrella. The Medical College of Georgia can retain its reputation as the major component of the University. The Medical College of Virginia has maintained its reputation and name within Virginia Commonwealth University. I’m an alumni of both ASU and MCG.

    1. I totally agree with this comment. Why should we narrow our possibility to extend by restricting “Arts & Sciences” to only rename it later. Didn’t we learn enough from the name of GHSU?

      1. Arts referes to the liberal arts portion of ASU. ASU is indeed a liberal arts school. it doesn’t mean Art, it means that the curriculum is considered classically what every educated person should know.

  15. Good choices. Especially like, “University of Augusta.” Nice differentiator. Solid brand that celebrates not just Augusta, but also our larger region.

  16. The University of Chicago
    University of Pittsburgh
    University of Rochester
    University of Toronto

    “University of ” schools among the prestigious membership of the Association of American Universities (www.aau.edu). Imagine the “University of Augusta” among that elite group in the future.

  17. Having “Augusta” in the name of New U is paraochial only if we make it so. Will that be the choice we make, or will we take pride in our city/region and make this a top-tier new American university?

  18. Chris is right. The arguments against Augusta are not well founded. We need a novel name and the others just make us look like some sort of second level state school. With Univ of Augusta, we can make ourselves into something unique. How we go from here will determine how we are viewed.

  19. No matter which name is chosen, I think that those of us who have been at the university for a while should have the option to recieve degrees with all three names: Medical College of Georgia, Georgia Health Sciences University, and the new chosen name. I really hope we are given the opportunity to be represented by each name we were accepted under, attended, and graduated . Augusta State students should be given the same choice.

  20. I like the first one best. Medicine doesn’t need to be in the name. Because it’s the combo of liberal arts & a medical university, Arts and Sciences sounds fine.

    The acronym is a little funny. But I think we could all live with GAS-U. Haha.

  21. GASU makes me want to cry! Horrible! Regents? Who are we trying to impress? Not not students! Sounds like we’re trying to impress the office of regents… U of A is the only one that makes a little sense. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE consider Georgia A&M (Arts and Medicine) ! Students and Alumni could actually be proud of a name like that! As of now with these 3 choices..I’m embarrassed to go to a no name university. Prestige has been lost with those names.

  22. Here is an outsider’s perspective. I am currently a professor at a World Top 20 university and will come to work at GHSU this autumn. If the ultimate goal is to be internationally renown, then “The University of Augusta” is the best of the three. It stands alone (without having to lean on the State’s reputation) and will draw the world’s attention to its location/situation. There are many fine world renown institutions that follow the titling pattern of “University of _________”. Chicago, Toronto, Oxford, Cambridge, Georgia, Los Angeles, Paris, etc, etc.I also believe that the people of Augusta, from many generations deserve to be honored, given that these institutions like MCG and ASU have been supported by this community dating back to the early 1800s. I hope that the Georgia Regents will resist naming the university after themselves, over the University of Augusta. And GASU sounds like a a technical school or regional college that was recently elevated to University status.

  23. When you are in top 20 what attracts you to GHSU? Do you belong to medical background or science background? the points you make for ‘Uni of A’ are acceptable.

    1. I have a medical, science and social science background. I was alerted and drawn to the bold and exciting direction MCG/GHSU was headed in, the amalgamation with ASU, and the vision led by Dr Aziz, to grow into “one of the Nation’s great universities”. It is a grand vision that resonated with me and I wanted very much to be a part of it.
      I was also taken by the warmth and graciousness of the people of this city and region – a wonderful place to live, raise a family and work.
      I will be proud to be a part of the ‘University of Augusta’. (you might all be surprised to know that more people around the world know Augusta than you think; more than MCG, GHSU & ASU combined).
      I don’t think that becoming another ‘Georgia’ university does much for elevating the university to the level of National/International prominence that we envision. Let’s not make the mistake of being myopic and limiting the dreams and possibilities of greatness that our university can (and will) attain over time. The ‘University of Augusta’ will be a great institution that current and future students, staff & faculty can be proud of. It will also honor the citizens of Augusta – from its early citizens, over the generations, to present day and the future, who have supported and provided the context for this ‘emerging’ great institution.

  24. @ International Scholar: Well said! I couldn’t agree with you more. The University of Augusta sounds more prestigious than the other two proposed names.

  25. Funny how the students actually come up with a name that is better than all of these and they haven’t even considered it because it has medicine in the name. I think by far the most popular name is Georgia Arts and Medicine University.

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