I’ll be interested to see how this plays out. If, in fact, the Georgia regents did go against research when choosing the name of the combined university, they’ll be in trouble. This never works out well.
Here’s a cut from the 8/12/12 story posted to the Chronicle of Higher Education‘s website:
The fallout continues for the regents of the University System of Georgia over their choice to honor themselves instead of the host city in the name they chose for a new institution being created by the merger of Augusta State and Georgia Health Sciences Universities. The top vote-getter in national and statewide surveys commissioned by the regents, as well as in internal polls of faculty members and others, was “University of Augusta,” documents obtained by The Augusta Chronicle show. The regents’ choice— “Georgia Regents University”—wasn’t included in all the surveys, but it came in a distant fourth when it was.