University of North Georgia has been selected by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents as the name for the of and North Georgia College and State University.
The name changes were the result of work on the four campuses to solicit suggestions and feedback from faculty, staff, students, alumni and the local community. The campus implementation teams then analyzed and tabulated the feedback to determine the recommended names that should be submitted to the regents for approval, according to Shelley Nickel, associate vice chancellor for Planning and Implementation.
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“Names are critical,” Nickel said in a released statement. “They establish the identity and set the tone for the new institution. As such, the names represent a tremendous amount of work and the involvement of a very broad spectrum of stakeholders. The implementation teams are to be commended for their very open and inclusive work.”
Also at Tuesday's meeting, the Board of Regents approved the following mission statement for the University of North Georgia:
The University of North Georgia, a regional multi-campus institution and premier senior military college, provides a culture of academic excellence in a student-focused environment that includes quality education, service, inquiry and creativity. This is accomplished through broad access to comprehensive academic and co-curricular programs that develop students into leaders for a diverse and global society. The University of North Georgia is a University System of Georgia leadership institution and is The Military College of Georgia.
The name change and new mission statement will be effective upon both approval and accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and Board of Regents approval in January 2013, according to a news release.
As for the other mergers, Middle Georgia College and Macon State College will become Middle Georgia State College. The institutions created by the mergers of Augusta State University and Georgia Health Sciences University, and that of South Georgia College and Waycross College, will be named later this year.