Augusta Commission Votes To Request Name Change For Consolidated University

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Six Augusta Commission members jumped back in the fight over the name of the city’s new consolidated university, voting 6-1 on Tuesday to ask the Georgia Board of Regents to consider “any other name” besides Georgia Regents University.

Mayor Deke Copenhaver, who has urged the city to move on and appreciate the millions of dollars the
state is investing in the merger of Augusta State and Georgia Health Sciences universities, said after the vote that he hoped it didn’t “mislead people with false hope.”

Commissioner Matt Ait­ken, who requested the body reconsider an earlier request made by Com­mis­sion­er Jerry Brigham to include “Augusta” in the name, said the commission should “stand on behalf of those that felt they didn’t have anybody there for them.”

Sending the request will “send a message that we care about our city,” said Aitken, who is in a five-way fight to keep his District 1 seat.

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