Georgia Board Of Regents Settle Lawsuit Over The Monument To Themselves

July 3, 2013 12:16 pm

by Nathan · 14 comments

The Georgia Board of Regents were sued in September last year over their decision to immortalize themselves by renaming the combined Augusta State University and Medical College of Georgia to Georgia Regents University.  The only problem is, Pat Robertson wasn’t too keen on their new name since it was very similar to his own Regents University in Virginia.  Good news for the Regents and their own university.  A settlement has been reached and a statement issued by Chancellor Hank Huckaby praising the settlement.  From the University System of Georgia:

“The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia and Regent University have reached an agreement to resolve the lawsuit Regent University had filed regarding the name, ‘Georgia Regents University.’

“At the time the Board of Regents approved the name Georgia Regents University, it was our conclusion that we had the right to use the name. This agreement confirms this conclusion and allows each university to promote and protect its name and brand.

“We are pleased to move forward in the development of GRU as an institution that will continue to make significant and lasting contributions to Augusta, the state, nation and beyond.”

Members of the Board of Regents will now be immortal!!!!

John Vestal July 3, 2013 at 12:29 pm

I see a hurricane or earthquake in the BoR’s future.

drjay July 3, 2013 at 1:02 pm

i will take this opportunity as an alum of mcg and someone who lived in augusta for nearly a decade to reiterate how much i hate this name and how stupid i think it is and how angry i get every time i see “gru” anywhere–it reminds me of despicable frickin’ me…

MattMD July 6, 2013 at 6:09 pm

Late to the party but I agree it is a pretty stupid name.

I didn’t even make the connection about the name to those arrogant asses in the BOR!

Napoleon July 3, 2013 at 1:25 pm

At least GRU has a ready-made mascot (pending the next legal fight, of course).

Dave Bearse July 3, 2013 at 8:05 pm

No details on the settlement. It’s the transparency standard we expect in Georgia.

peachstealth July 3, 2013 at 9:37 pm

Just call it Augusta University. Nothing wrong with calling by the city’s name. It works for Clemson University, Auburn University, Boston University ( and Boston College) and even Princeton University.

Dave Bearse July 4, 2013 at 12:08 am

And you didn’t even include the various University of ….

seenbetrdayz July 4, 2013 at 7:15 am


Ken July 5, 2013 at 4:41 pm

. . . Legacy Leavers Anonymous?

. . . Pick Any Name Yet Untaken?

. . . Let’s Do Something Really Dumb?

Will Durant July 4, 2013 at 2:43 pm

How much money has been wasted on both the stupid name changes and the resultant legal challenge? Neither lawyers or tv preachers do anything for free.

seenbetrdayz July 5, 2013 at 11:28 am

You dare to question the wisdom of the great and powerful Regents? Over an issue so petty and meaningless to the lords and masters of education as money? *insert lightening strikes and thunder, as everyone backs away from Will Durant who has most assuredly condemned himself to the wrath of the Regents*

Ken July 5, 2013 at 4:36 pm

Why does Shelley come to mind?
HINT: This is a rhetorical question.

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: `Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear —
“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.’

– Percy Bysshe Shelley

Joshua Morris July 7, 2013 at 10:22 pm

Their athletes will be made fun of due to the silly sounding name, and accordingly, recruitment will suffer. May not mean much to people here, but this will hold the university back.

drjay July 8, 2013 at 9:32 am

and augusta state’s most prominent successful athletic team was/is their golf team. they have won national titles (division 1 titles, competing right along side uga and tech) and sent multiple golfers to the pros–augusta is an instantly recognizable name in golf–gru is not…

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