The fight over what to call the merger of two Augusta colleges isn't subsiding a month after state officials chose the name Georgia Regents University. A group of local businessmen plans to lobby Gov. Nathan Deal and University System officials to put the word "Augusta" back into the school's name.
The Virginia university founded by television preacher Pat Robertson is suing a new Georgia university, saying its new name is too similar and will create confusion. The private Regent University announced Wednesday it is filing the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Augusta.
City leaders in Augusta will decide Tuesday 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.
Augusta residents upset at the name chosen for the city's new university are getting a chance to face the school's president. The president of the merged schools, Ricardo Azziz, (ah-ZEEZ) , has scheduled two forums Thursday to discuss the consolidation.
Augusta Chronicle publisher William S. Morris III resigned from an advisory board at Georgia Health Sciences University after the Board of Regents voted last Tuesday to call two combined Augusta schools Georgia Regents University.
The Georgia Board of Regents will consider the names for two merged universities and its budget request for next year at two days of meetings starting Tuesday. Gov. Nathan Deal has directed state agencies to plan for 3 percent reductions for next fiscal year and for the second half of the budget that began last month. That will include cuts at the 35 state colleges and universities.
While the rest of state government eliminated 10,000 jobs during the Great Recession, the University System of Georgia added more than 5,000 employees. Some schools increased staff by as much as 45 percent while students faced larger increases in tuition and fees.
A study by the University of Georgia found the 35 schools in the University system generated $13.2 billion for Georgia’s economy last year. That’s mainly due to the growing number of students and the amount they spend..
Georgia's Open Records Act requires a 14-day waiting period between when state agencies and local governments name finalists and vote on an official hire, to give the public an opportunity to learn about the finalists and voice concerns. Under a new rule approved by the Legislature, the Board of Regents must give the public only five days' notice.