News 12 at 11 o'clock, Tuesday, September 7, 2010
AUGUSTA,Ga---MCG president Dr. Ricardo Azziz wants to rename the university and close off at least one major street.
He made that pitch to the Augusta commission on Tuesday. Dr. Azziz wants the city to close off Laney Walker between 13th Street and 15th Street.
He also says he'd like to see the school take on a name that better reflects the university's growth into more than just a medical school.
"We need to recognize that our brand name isn't always as recognizable as we would like it to be," said Dr. Azziz. "We need to recognize that our campus doesn't appear to look like a campus to most individuals. We have roads going through the middle of it. We have danger to our students. As we now open a new dental school there are going to be 600 students going through Laney Walker. That is danger that we intend to correct."
The dental school construction is expected to finish in June 2011. This recent announcement comes as part of the university's 5 year master plan. One new name making the rounds instead of MCG is Georgia's Health Sciences University.