Before you get too attached to the monument that the Georgia Board of Regents erected for themselves by naming the new university formed by the consolidation of Augusta State and the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Regent University in Virginia may file suit over the name of the newly minted Georgia Regents University. In fact, Regent University asked that the Board of Regents not use their federally registered trademarked name:
“Regent University has consistently taken steps to protect its trademarked name. We have respect for the Georgia Board of Regents but we believe that their selection of the name Georgia Regents University is an unfortunate infringement of our valuable federally registered trademark,” Dr. Carlos Campo, the president of Regent University, said in a statement.
A not so subtle way of telling the Board of Regents to back off of the new name. Dear members of the Board of Regents, take this as an opportunity to save face and use this as political cover to find a better name for the university. Just a friendly suggestion from an alumnus and constituent.