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Monday, August 20, 2012 - 7:00am

Augusta Commission Considers College Name

City leaders in Augusta will decide whether to take sides in the controversy over the name chosen for a new college being formed by merging Augusta State University and Georgia Health Sciences University.

The Augusta Commission is scheduled to vote on two resolutions Tuesday asking the state Board of Regents to reconsider the school name. Earlier this month the board chose the name Georgia Regents University. City officials and business leaders are upset because they wanted the University of Augusta or another variation that includes the city's name.

Commissioners rejected a similar resolution in June, before the Board of Regents vote. Commissioner Jerry Brigham said he fears it's too late to get the board to change its mind.