For the first time in many years, the University System of Georgia Board of Regents will hold its monthly meeting in Augusta this week.
The Regents will meet today and Wednesday at Augusta State University and will tour both ASU and Georgia Health Sciences University. Chancellor Hank Huckaby will be honoring ASU President William A. Bloodworth Jr., who is retiring at the end of this school year after 19 years. The board will also hear from Bloodworth and Georgia Health Sciences University President Ricardo Azziz.
“Those will be key things the Regents are looking at,” board spokesman John Millsaps said.
Another notable milestone will be the first meeting of the newly formed Graduate Medical Education Committee, which is looking to expand residencies in the state as part of the expansion of medical and health professions education.
“That’s an important step,” Millsaps said.
The Regents had a long-standing tradition of holding two of its monthly meetings outside its Atlanta offices, usually during the April and October meetings. The meetings usually took place on one of its 35 school campuses around the state, to give the board a better view of the schools and to open up its meetings more, Millsaps said.
“The board felt it was important to take that process on the road,” he said.
A couple of years ago, the board abandoned outside meetings because of budget cuts but now feels the time is right to resume them. Augusta, which Millsaps said had not hosted a formal Regents meeting in probably 15 years, would have been next on the list when the meeting rotation was stopped.
“We’re just picking up where we left off,” Millsaps said.