Sources: GHSU/ASU merger announcement imminent

Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Sources tell News 12 a Georgia Health Sciences University and Augusta State University merger is imminent.

We do know there is a Georgia Board of Regents meeting next Tuesday and Wednesday.

GHSU President Dr. Ricardo Azziz is expected to attend that meeting. This all comes after Gov. Nathan Deal and Sen. Hardie Davis recently spoke highly of the idea to merge the two universities.

"I think there is a possibility that some very good things would come out of that especially for the Augusta area," said Gov. Deal in an exclusive interview in November. "Anything we can do to enhance the educational reputation of the state of Georgia we should be looking at and be willing to do it if it's possible."

"It could mean some very significant things for our community and in fact be a good thing," said Sen. Hardie Davis just last week.

Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver also spoke out Only on 12 back in November.

"You know I want what's good for Augusta at the end of the day," Copenhaver said. "I think this is a good conversation to have. It could be a way of growing that university as well as Augusta State University together, but once again I think it is always good to keep an open mind in these discussions."

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