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Regents have played name game before

Posted: December 11, 2013 - 1:03am

Dear editor,

They have lost their freaking minds.

I realize that is a strong statement and somewhat offensive, but I’m not going to apologize for my feelings. What I said above is in reference to the Georgia Board of Regents (BOR). To begin with, they destroyed two well-known universities in Augusta without keeping Augusta in the new name of the new university they created.

As you may know, I’ve written about that before. However, my anger toward the BOR is still brewing and it seems they have now added more fuel to my fire. I’m a graduate of Southern Tech (SPSU) and I just received a letter that begins with; “As you may know, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia announced on (Nov. 1) that Southern Polytechnic State University and Kennesaw State University will be consolidated.”

The letter was written after a meeting between the BOR, current SPSU students and former SPSU graduates. The SPSU representatives emphasized to the BOR the uniqueness and value of an SPSU education and urged the BOR to consider a more extensive exploration of the proposed consolidation before proceeding.

In the subsequent discussion, the BOR highlighted the importance of continuing the SPSU brand and name in some form – then they voted to approve moving ahead on the process of consolidating SPSU and KSU. The new institution will be named Kennesaw State University and its president will be Dr. Dan Papp, current president of KSU.

Now, folks, I’m no genius, but you should now realize why I said, “They have lost their freaking minds.” There is no evidence in their remarks that they highlighted the importance of continuing the SPSU brand and name in some form. As you know, they didn’t with Augusta and they’re not doing it with Southern Tech.

I know a Georgia Southern University graduate that has a family history of students at GSU and she said that we must realize that progress happens and we should just let it go.

I said that may be OK with you, but not with me. And, besides, the BOR may have some kinky plan for Georgia Southern. She said probably not unless they just draw in some small school to be a part of Georgia Southern. Of course, folks, with this BOR I don’t think there are any sacred cows!

One thing I’ve discovered with the BOR consolidation actions is there are two common denominators:

(1) Our governor is a patsy and doesn’t say anything. I know he has no control of the BOR by law, but he still has a “bully pulpit” and he knows how to use it.

(2) When the BOR has this type of consolidation in the planning stage, they will appoint a female president of one of the universities and bring in a new BOR puppet for the other one.

Just think about all these shenanigans and call your state senator and your state representative and let them know how you feel about this mess. They go into session next month and if they need a constitution change, they should have the votes.

Bennie Harbin, Martinez

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Little Lamb

Lesson

Trustees on the Board of Regents have learned their lesson. With all the backlash in Augusta they will never do another consolidation and leave it up to the new President to name the school. No, beginning with Kennesaw State, the name will be chosen in secret by the trustees themselves before the announcement of the merger is made.

Your friend is right, Mr. Harbin. Just let it go.

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