Wednesday, September 15, 2010
ATLANTA (AP) -- The state Board of Regents has changed the name of the Medical College of Georgia.
The board voted Wednesday to rename the state's only public medical school the Georgia Health Sciences University. Officials say the college's name should reflect that the Augusta college has become more of a statewide institution with campuses in multiple Georgia cities.
MCG officials also say the name is confusing because the college offers more than just medical degrees. It also has programs in nursing, dentistry, allied health and graduate studies.
Under the change, the College of Medicine becomes the Medical College of Georgia and the entire university gets the new name.
The change takes effect in February. Officials estimate it will cost about $3 million to change campus signs and other printed materials.
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News release from the University System of Georgia - Board of Regents
ATLANTA, Ga. -- What’s in a name? When it comes to telling the full story of the missions of its 35 colleges and universities, plenty, according to the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG). The board approved today a request from the Medical College of Georgia (MCG) to change its name to Georgia Health Sciences University (GHSU).
“The new name more accurately reflects and encompasses the broad and growing health sciences teaching and research mission we have, not just in Augusta, but statewide,” said USG Chancellor Erroll B. Davis Jr.
Board Chair Willis Potts said, “Georgia Health Sciences University truly indicates the institution’s status as a comprehensive health sciences university that benefits the citizens of this state and nation as a whole and the board’s approval is a testament to our commitment to its mission.” The name change will take effect February 1, 2011.
The regents’ action today, while changing the name of the broader institution, will allow MCG President Ricardo Azziz to retain the historic name Medical College of Georgia for the university’s School of Medicine. MCG’s other four schools will change their designations to colleges.
“Georgia Health Sciences University better defines our institution as what it is – a comprehensive health sciences university and a modern academic health center,” said Azziz. “In this competitive world of rankings and reputation, we believe the new change will allow us to achieve the national prominence and recognition that this university community so richly deserves.”
The name change will not affect the MCG Health System or MCG Health. Both entities will retain their names, a reflection of their strong connection to the university’s medical school.
The board’s action today follows three independent studies conducted since 2007, all of which supported the renaming. Earlier this year, the possibility of a name change resurfaced during a MCG Health System retreat. Azziz and other MCG officials have engaged the university’s many constituent groups, including alumni, students, faculty, staff, corporate and community leaders, in the dialogue leading up to today’s board approval.
Founded in 1828 as the Medical Academy of Georgia, the university has been renamed five times in its 182-year history. It was first named Medical College of Georgia in 1833 and has been called MCG continuously since 1950.
A website featuring frequently asked questions is available at: http://name.mcg.edu