SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The Medical College of Georgia will soon be called Georgia Health Sciences University.
The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia on Wednesday approved a request for the name change. The new name will take effect Feb. 1, 2011.
The regents' action will allow MCG President Ricardo Azziz to retain the historic name Medical College of Georgia for the university's School of Medicine, according to a news release. MCG's other four schools will change their designations to colleges.
The name change will not affect the MCG Health System or MCG Health, so they will retain their names.
Founded in 1828 as the Medical Academy of Georgia, the university has been renamed five times in its 182-year history.