What good is occupying the top floor of an ivory tower if no one else understands that it is a monument to your awesomeness? The Georgia Board of Regents, the appointed untouchables of Georgia’s political class, have decided that you may not be keenly aware of their power, importance, and impact on your lives. As such, they have chosen to hijack the re-naming process of two merged Augusta institutions – including Georgia’s flagship medical school – and name it after…themselves.
Welcome to Georgia Regent University.
For background, let’s move over to Tom Corwin’s writeup:
After months of discussion and thousands of suggestions, the University System of Georgia Board of Regents approved the new name for the consolidated Augusta State and Georgia Health Sciences universities Tuesday afternoon.
The name was one of three finalists, which included University of Augusta and Georgia Arts & Sciences University.
Fair enough. So how did that go over? Meg Mirshak picks up there.
“I don’t know why they would name it this,” Kaitlyn Browning, a student in the College of Allied Health Sciences at Georgia Health Sciences University, said of the new name: Georgia Regents University. “I don’t think I’ve heard a single person that’s liked this at all.”
Browning said she’s “irritated” that GHSU has its second name change in two years.
Chris Nabholz, a junior at Augusta State University, feels the Board of Regents did not consider input from students or the community.
“They’re obviously not in it for us,” Nabholz said.
In it for “us”? That’s the funny thing about students these days. They think higher education is somehow supposed to be about them. What they’ll learn, soon after they graduate with piles of student debt, is that the entire experience for many has been reduced to useful idiots borrowing as much federally guaranteed money as they can so that institutions can continue to protect academics from the real world. And it’s about time we started acknowledging this. There is no better way than naming instituions after those they serve: the administrators.
Now let’s let Chris Gay tie it all together and bring it home:
Take a second to breathe it in. Now, feel free to gag – and/or shout out every bad word that cannot be printed in this blog. We have the second largest city in Georgia and this is the best Dr. Azziz and the Georgia Board of Regents can do? GRU? The villain from “Despicable Me?” You’ve got to be kidding me. This name will fly like a lead balloon.
I always laugh when I read these stories about zombies, but I now know they really exist. They exist in the form of political appointees who serve on the Board of Regents. Unfortunately, Vice Chairman William NeSmith Jr., couldn’t fend them all off by himself at the meeting. Wait a minute. I apologize for the insult. We all know zombies, unlike our “friends” at the Board of Regents would’ve been more open-minded about the name of the consolidated university between Augusta State and Georgia Health Sciences universities.
University of Augusta may not mean much others, but for we Augustans and the many others who graduated from Augusta College or Augusta State University it means a lot. Thanks to Dr. Azziz, the Georgia Board of Regents and others who could care less about Augusta for showing blatant disregard to our community today with this tomfoolish name — Georgia Regents University. That’s really uncool.
Don’t expect GRU to grow on our fair city. And don’t expect many people — today, tomorrow, next week, next month or next year — to be happy over the decision to choose this name. One day in the future, the distant future, we may forgive. But we will never forget.