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USG naming advisory committee issues update

The committee appointed by the University System of Georgia to consider the renaming of colleges and buildings discussed its research process at a meeting Sept. 30. The group has finalized a list of 840 named buildings and 40 named colleges for review. Those were discussed with system facilities personnel. Lisa Tendrich Frank is the lead historian on the project. She is a Florida graduate with a doctorate in history. She said she and historian Josiah Butler and two assistants are combing through material to create unbiased summaries of each person for whom a building or college is named. That work should be done by the first quarter of 2021, Frank said. Gordon State College is named for John B. Gordon, a general in Confederate army. He also served as Georgia’s governor and in the U.S. Senate.

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