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Consolidation group pleased with progress of ASU-GHSU merger

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"Time flies when you're having fun," laughs Georgia Health Sciences University President Dr. Ricardo Azziz.

And time has flown for Augusta State University and GHSU, which are just two months from officially becoming Georgia Regents University.

Tonight, the consolidated working group met to discuss where the process stands just weeks out from January 8th.

"The teams, both of ASU and GHSU, have been working extraordinarily hard to get all the right parts together," Azziz says.

"I think we're really, almost exactly where we need to be in terms of being on track," says GHSU Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Gretchen Caughman. "It's been a really tightly managed process."

One topic discussed is the soon-to-be-revealed branding and marketing strategy for GRU Augusta, including new logos and possibly new school colors.

Officials currently plan to hold an online survey on potential logos at the end of November.

"Hopefully, we'll come up with a logo and a design and a color scheme that is going to be attractive and is going to make us distinctive," says Azziz. "Those kinds of things really make a difference to students."

Academically, the university could grow very soon into the consolidation.

A proposal for three new degree programs, anthropology, ecology, and cell and molecular biology, is scheduled for approval by the Board of Regents in January.

The school hopes to diversify as they add to the 111 diploma programs.

"60 percent of those are health sciences, health professions related from the GHSU," says Caughman. "We really want to expand that comprehensive, undergraduate array and graduate programs in the other disciplines."

The university also plans the first consolidated commencement ceremony to be a major event.

The ceremony will be held in May at the James Brown Arena, with nearly 2,000 students expected to walk, and Georgia Governor Nathan Deal penciled in as the speaker.

"That's going to be a great spectacle," says Caughman. "Everyone of them are going to walk across that stage and we're going to be cheering it on."

The group will meet again in December if any issues arise.


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