Wed., September 15, 2010 6:08pm (EDT)

MCG Gets A New Name
By Noel Brown
Updated: 4 years ago

AUGUSTA, Ga.  —  
The Board of Regents gave the Medical College of Georgia permission to change its name. Starting in February the state's only public medical school will be known as the Georgia Health Sciences University. (Photo courtesy MCG)
The Board of Regents gave the Medical College of Georgia permission to change its name. Starting in February the state's only public medical school will be known as the Georgia Health Sciences University. (Photo courtesy MCG)
As of February MCG will be called the Georgia Health Sciences University.

The change comes as the school continues branching out beyond Augusta with new campuses in Albany and Athens.

Officials say the new name reflects that growth.

John Millsaps is a spokesman for the Board of Regents.

"The current name did not help them some times in terms of recognition and understanding of what the overall mission of the institution was so the name change gives them a chance to present a more comprehensive picture of what they do," Millsaps said.

Besides Doctors MCG also trains other medical professionals.

Officials say the name switch will cost the school about $3 million.