The Georgia Board of Regents is expected to approve the consolidation of several college campuses Tuesday. The plans have long been in the works. Higher education leaders and other state officials say the mergers will save money by streamlining administrative and academic functions. The Regents are also expected to name presidents of the four new schools.
The merger of some Georgia colleges won't be final until Tuesday, but work is already being done to promote the new names. The University System of Georgia Board of Regents voted last year to consolidate eight schools, and it is expected to give final approval Tuesday.
Georgia Regents University Augusta is the official name of a new institution resulting from the merger of two Augusta universities. The decision came after some objected to dropping Augusta from the name. And it has branding implications for both the university and the city.
Members of a group pushing to keep the name ‘Augusta’ in a new consolidated university in that city say they’re confident the two sides will come to a compromise. They reject the name ‘Georgia Regents University’ chosen by administrators.
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.
About 300 people have taken part in a protest over a new name the Georgia Regents have approved for Augusta State University. The protest at noon Monday at Doug Barnard Amphitheatre came on the first day of the fall semester at the university.
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.