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Monday, August 13, 2012 - 3:32am

Chronicle Publisher Quits GHSU Board

Protesting the new name for two combined Augusta universities, the publisher of the Augusta Chronicle has resigned from an advisory board at one of the schools.

William S. Morris III resigned from the board at Georgia Health Sciences University after the Board of Regents voted last Tuesday to call the consolidated school Georgia Regents University.

Morris, a former chairman of the Board of Regents, called for the school to be renamed with Augusta in the title. In a letter to school president Ricardo Azziz, Morris said he was resigning from the school's Board of Visitors because he believes the new name is an affront to the city of Augusta and its ties to GHSU and Augusta State University.

The board was created last year to give state and national leaders a greater advisory role to the university's leadership.