The Columbia County commission is in favor of seeing the area’s combined universities grow, but not GRU.
The Commission passed a resolution its Tuesday meeting requesting that the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia reconsider the name of the consolidated Augusta State and Georgia Health Sciences University. The Board of Regents recently voted to name the school Georgia Regents University. The decision has been met with strong opposition.
“Everyone wants the combined universities to be a success,” said Commissioner Ron Thigpen. “But in this case the administration and Board of Regents seem to have violated the public trust.”
“They really blew it on this one.”
Although both institutions are located in Augusta-Richmond County, Commissioner Trey Allen noted that what affects that community often affects Columbia County as well.
“We have a symbiotic relationship with Augusta,” he said. “We have a relationship with those schools. We are involved.”
The Columbia County Commission resolution did not include suggestions for an alternate name.
The Augusta Commission voted Tuesday to ask the Board of Regents to consider including ‘Augusta’ in the name.