The University System of Georgia, a public university system, issued a statement Monday in which it acknowledged the "importance" behind the desire to change institutional names linked to slavery but explained it would not be doing so, Fox5 Atlanta reported. The university system explained that "history can teach us important lessons."
"The Board of Regents is grateful to Albany State University President Marion Fedrick and the members of the naming advisory group for their diligent work on this complex matter," the university system wrote in a statement. "The Board recognizes the importance of the issue and the variety of views held on it. The University System of Georgia contains over 3,800 named buildings and colleges."
The decision not to proceed with the name change came after the Board of Regents held a special meeting on Monday and voted against pursuing any "name changes on USG buildings and colleges."
"The purpose of history is to instruct," the statement said. "History can teach us important lessons, lessons that if understood and applied make Georgia and its people stronger."
In June 2020, the Board of Regents Chairman Sachin Shailendra and Chancellor Steve Wrigley requested that an advisory committee review the names of buildings and colleges within the university system and provide them with any "recommended changes."
In 2019, Georgia passed a law that prohibited state and local agencies from making name changes to buildings deemed to be a "historical entity" or from removing any historical monuments.
The Washington Examiner reached out to the University System of Georgia for a comment but did not receive a response back.
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