Presidential Announcement

The following message was sent to all university and health system employees:

Dear Colleagues,

I want to share some exciting news from the monthly meeting of the University System of Georgia Board of Regents in Atlanta. Today, the board voted to change the name of Georgia Regents University to Augusta University.

While this change will necessitate adjustments across our university and health system community — a community that has faced a number of significant transitions in recent years — it is also recognition of the critical partnership that exists between our institution and our local community. The energy and enthusiasm generated by this partnership will be instrumental as we build our reputation as a national leader in teaching, research, health care and service.

No doubt there will be many questions, and we will work hard to engage our faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends as we develop the answers. We will share more about those efforts in the coming days.

I returned to this university excited to help fulfill an extraordinary mission alongside the committed faculty, staff and students. Since my arrival, I am more convinced than ever that we have a very bright future ahead of us. As always, your efforts on behalf of the many we serve from across our region and state are immeasurably appreciated.


Brooks A. Keel, Ph.D.


For the Board of Regents announcement of the name change, click here.

7 thoughts on “Presidential Announcement”

  1. Finally, it is settled. Congratulations to the City of Augusta and all the alumni of the great institutions that will be the foundation that the new institution is built upon. My hope is Augusta University will flourish as the next great research institution in the state and country.

  2. Love it, love it, love it! I am from here and graduated from here, and I view this as a positive step in the right direction! The name matters.

  3. GRU had just started to gain name recognition… Now all that ground is lost and our name will communicate “community college” to everyone outside the CSRA. please please please! Do not change the name again, if not for the money (millions) spent in the arbitrary change then for the reputation of the school, it’s students and alumni.

  4. No! GRU was perfect and something graduates were proud of. Maybe they were thinking to name it similar to Augusta Tech, is that where they’re heading. maybe the effort it to lower the standard. is this a practical joke?

  5. This is embarrassing. We are so much more than “Augusta”. With 3 name changes in 3 years, it seems we don’t know who we are!

  6. thensWhat a shame . A fine institution down the drain to placate a small vocal bunch of Augustans. How provincial. We should then rename Georgia Tech as Atlanta Tech and UGA as Athens University With 3 name changes i n 3 years we are the laughing stock of the academic world.. no good faculty would want to go to a school that does not know what to call itself The name sounds like an on line college. What a waste of resources for all the sign changes What confusion for all health science patients. How will the name Augusta play out at statewide centers of Savannah, Athens etc We have been trying to create world class medical center and university,but now we will be seen as a very regional and marginal institution

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