Less than two months after becoming president of Georgia Regents University, Dr. Brooks Keel is president of a university with a new name, Augusta University.
The Georgia Board of Regents on Tuesday approved the name change for the institution that had been GRU for just three years.
"The new name Augusta University builds on the momentum we have with President Brooks Keel's leadership," University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby said in a press release. "We are committed to the long-term success of this institution and appreciate the support of the Augusta community."
The system in 2012 merged Augusta State University and Georgia Health Sciences University. The name Georgia Regents University was selected, upsetting many in the Augusta area.
Regents Chairman Neil Pruitt said the change builds on the university's partnership with the community. About 9,000 students attend the university, which includes the Medical College of Georgia.
Officials say the name change is effective immediately.
After five years as president of Georgia Southern University, Keel resigned in early July to take the president's post at what was then Georgia Regents University, where he started July 20.
Keel graduated from Augusta College, which later became Augusta State University, and earned a doctorate from the Medical College of Georgia.