GPB Macon and our partners at The Telegraph and the Center for Collaborative Journalism at Mercer University are embarking on a new project we call "Macon in the Mirror," and if you live in Macon-Bibb County, we're going to want to talk to you.
Eight public institutions of higher education across Georgia officially became four on Tuesday, as the state Board of Regents gave final approval to a consolidation scheme that’s been more than a year in the making. While substantive changes have been—and continue to be—in progress, the big day on campus was all about branding.
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.
A possible merger to consolidate Macon and Bibb County governments is causing angst for some city and county workers. Police officials have unanswered questions about pensions for officers if the consolidation plan is passed later this year.
The University System of Georgia could announce as early as Dec. 1 which colleges and programs are top candidates for consolidation. Chancellor Hank Huckaby says in the next ten days, he will release the criteria guiding the recommendations.