October 11, 2007
Amphitheatre named after former long-time congressman
Augusta, Ga. – The amphitheatre currently under construction on the Augusta State University campus now officially has a name. Friends of former U.S. Congressman D. Douglas Barnard donated $250,000 toward the construction of the amphitheatre, and on Oct. 10, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia approved ASU’s recommendation that the facility be named the D. Douglas Barnard Amphitheatre.
Rep. Barnard, an Augusta native and alumnus of ASU, was named Distinguished Alumnus by the ASU Alumni Association in 1965. He served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Georgia’s 10th District—which includes Augusta—from 1977 to 1993. He was the executive secretary to Georgia Governor Carl Sanders from 1963 to 1967 and also a member of Georgia Board of Transportation from 1966 to 1976.
“Doug Barnard is a distinguished public servant, having devoted 16 years of his life as a U.S. Congressman,” says ASU President William A. Bloodworth, Jr. “Much of what we see good around us in the CSRA was influenced by Rep. Barnard’s work. He is truly a distinguished alumnus of Augusta State. We are so pleased that friends of Doug Barnard have made donations to the university for the construction of our amphitheatre.”