By: Kevin Karel (WRGA News)
The Georgia Board of Regents officially consolidated eight of the state’s colleges into four on Tuesday, as a money-saving move during what have been several years of difficult economic circumstances.
According to a release from the University System, the names for the four new schools were approved last summer and inaugural celebrations are now being planned following official approval from the Board.
Georgia Regents University is the new combination of Augusta State and Georgia Health Sciences universities.
South Georgia State College is a combination of Waycross College and South Georgia College in Douglas.
Middle Georgia State College is the title for the combo of Macon State College and Middle Georgia College of Cochran.
Finally, here closer to home, the Regents approved the new University of North Georgia as a consolidation of North Georgia College & State University in Dahlonega and Gainesville State College.
The move takes the number of colleges in Georgia from 35 to 31. The Board also named new presidents for all four universities at the meeting Tuesday.
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