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Regents approve consolidated Georgia Regents University

BOR Consolidation ApprovalThe consolidation of Augusta State and Georgia Health Sciences universities is official following today’s approval of a resolution by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents to form Georgia Regents University.

“Today marks an important milestone for Georgia Regents University,” said GRU President Ricardo Azziz, who today was appointed to lead the consolidated university. “I am thankful for the trust the regents have placed in us and the partnership, support and active engagement exhibited by our faculty, staff, students, alumni, volunteers and friends throughout this consolidation process.”

Following approval of a recommendation to consolidate the two universities at its January 2012 meeting, the regents approved the new university’s mission statement in May and the name Georgia Regents University in August.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, a regional accrediting body for higher education institutions, affirmed the regents’ recommendation when it voted to approve the consolidation at its annual meeting in December. The accrediting body will make a site visit in the fall to ensure the new university is complying with accreditation principles and standards. Prior to the visit, university officials are expected to produce a self-study, or an assessment of the school and its operations.

The new  university includes nine colleges, nearly 10,000 students, more than 650 acres of campus, nearly 150 buildings, more than 1,000 full-time faculty, approximately 5,600 staff, an integrated health system and a growing intercollegiate athletics program. Its economic impact will be nearly $1.3 billion. The inaugural class of GRU will enroll in this fall.

Augusta’s new consolidated university receives SACS approval

Georgia Health Sciences and Augusta State Universities are one step closer to consolidation following a decision today from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The regional accrediting body voted to approve the consolidation at its annual meeting in Dallas. The consolidated university will be named Georgia Regents University.  Read more…

Agreement reached for university name

Georgia Regents University Augusta will be the brand name used in the official logo and in marketing efforts of Augusta’s new consolidated university.

Georgia Health Sciences University President Ricardo Azziz and Save the A campaign members Nick Evans and Barry Storey announced today that an agreement has been reached regarding the name that would be included in the official logo and all branding materials used for the new university moving forward. The announcement follows discussions between the parties. The new university is being created through the consolidation of GHSU and Augusta State University.

“We are pleased to have reached an agreement that enables us to prominently incorporate ‘Augusta’ in the official logo and branding of our new university,” said Azziz, who will head the consolidated university. “The agreement allows us to highlight the importance of the city in our academic, clinical, research and athletic programs, while ensuring the people of Georgia recognize our state-wide role.”

The new $1.3 billion university will include nine colleges, nearly 10,000 students, more than 650 acres of campus, nearly 150 buildings, more than 1,000 full-time faculty, approximately 5,600 staff, an integrated health system and a growing intercollegiate athletics program.

“Throughout this process, ensuring the recognition of this community in the name used for this new university has been our top priority,” Evans said. “Augusta’s new university now will have an official logo and look that recognizes our city, which will do much to ensure its national and global appeal.”

“I am very supportive of this agreement which not only highlights the broad state-wide mission that the consolidated university will have, but also allows us to recognize the value of the Augusta community in the new university. A university which will focus on ensuring the best academic programs and student success possible for the benefit of all of Georgia,” said University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby.

“Augustans can take pride in their new university,” Storey said. “With this agreement it is my hope and expectation that the community will rally around the consolidation to ensure the success of our students and the state of Georgia.”

The new university will adopt the use of the name Georgia Regents University Augusta in its official logo and its branding efforts following approval of the consolidation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the University System of Georgia Board of Regents, which could be as soon as January 2013.

Consolidation Update: October 11, 2012

Consolidation Update: October 11

Recent items from the Consolidation Action Team:

  • Tuition and fees for Spring 2013 will not be affected by the consolidation. Details for subsequent semesters will be available in the coming weeks.
  • The parking team is preparing models to propose to CAT by October 31.


Open Forum Monday, October 15

Drs. Azziz & Kenny will introduce a presentation by our chief academic officers on:

Building Our Academic Future

Gretchen B. Caughman
Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, GHSU

Carol J. Rychly
Vice President for Academic Affairs, ASU

  • Noon, ASU Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre
  • 3 p.m., GHSU Lee Auditorium

Consolidation Update: October 3, 2012

Recent items from the Consolidation Action Team:

  • In response to faculty, staff, and student feedback on the proposed ID badge policy, CAT members discussed and evaluated policies at other universities. The CAT decided to eliminate the requirement that badges be displayed at all times on the current ASU campus. Badges should still be carried on your person, and must still be worn at all times on the current GHSU campus.
  • Recommended items for inclusion in the first of a series of “Transition Forward” dialogs. This first session will include a cross section of individuals who are actively engaged in the consolidation process.
  • Reviewed a package of materials designed to facilitate work team efforts to develop policies for the new university.

The next open forum is scheduled for October 15.

New Names for the Information Systems Approved

The following names were approved by the Consolidation Action Team for the New U information technology systems:

E-mail JagMail
Domain Account JagID
Portal PAWS (Portal and Web Services)
Wireless JagWiFi
Student Information System Pounce (TBD)
Web Advisement Tool JagTrax
Student Home Directory JagDrive (will use “J:” if possible)
Printing PawPrint$
Mobile Suite JagMobile