GHSU plans to add 500 faculty jobs

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ATLANTA — Georgia’s public medical school should grow its faculty by more than half to attract more research funding and gain national status, the school’s president announced Tuesday.

Georgia Health Sciences University President Ricardo Azziz told the University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents that changing the school name from the Medical College of Georgia was just part of the strategy. The name change took effect Feb. 1.

He said he wants to boost gifts to the school to fund a building campaign to house the added faculty.

He would add 500 clinical and research professors over the next five to seven years to the 900 already on staff.

The school had fallen behind, he said, when compared to the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, which was started at the same time as MCG and is housed in a similar-sized community.

While both have roughly the same number of students and patient beds, MUSC has a $146 million endowment compared to $91 million for the Augusta school. Plus, MUSC gets grants of $117 million yearly while Georgia Health Sciences only receives $47 million.

“When your philanthropy isn’t working very well, you can’t build many buildings,” he said.

Azziz’s goal is to make the school one of the top in the country and to make Augusta a top destination for “medical tourists.” And the name change was a first step in executing that strategy because it helps shed the school’s reputation as just a training ground and not a research center.

“I’m not interested in comparing ourselves to a peer group. I want to be compared to the leaders,” he said.

 Also during Tuesday’s committee meetings, the University of Georgia won permission to use $11 million of internal funds to renovate various buildings at the former U.S. Navy Supply School site to accommodate GHSU students attending school on  UGA’s expanded campus.

UGA took control of the Navy School site when the military closed the installation.

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MD2013
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MD2013 02/08/11 - 06:21 pm
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Hell yea! Go Dr. Azziz! Bring

Hell yea! Go Dr. Azziz! Bring some money to MCG!

floridasun
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floridasun 02/08/11 - 06:26 pm
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Dr Azziz is correct. GHSU

Dr Azziz is correct. GHSU must move to become a recognized research center and increase the faculty. The greater the bricks and mortar presence GHSU has in Augusta, the greater difficulty it will be for UGA to take programs away.It appears Dr Azziz has a clear vision of where the school should go as opposed to the previous president, who more or less acquiesced to Dr Adams at UGA

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fdn315 02/08/11 - 06:53 pm
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Didn't they just lay off a

Didn't they just lay off a bunch of people and withheld pay raises to remaining employees? But a lot of the university's building could use a face lift...

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 02/08/11 - 08:39 pm
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Lay-offs and no raises for

Lay-offs and no raises for several years. Oh, yeah. Let's add a bunch more high paying employees while canning the people who make things work.

peepanson
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peepanson 02/08/11 - 09:02 pm
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Its wonderful that you want

Its wonderful that you want to see MCG grow at a fast pace, and get it
to the way that you dream about. But you and all the rest of yall, must
come to the Truth and Realization, that there are alot of people living
around your College ? It will be nice if we all could think and see the s
ame way that you and others think and feel? Its wrong to atemt to shu
t down an entire neighborhood, just to prove that you could?

peepanson
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peepanson 02/08/11 - 10:31 pm
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Im not saying that you are'nt

Im not saying that you are'nt caring and concerned about us and our
neighborhoods. That we Love and Cherish very much. I stayed in Gilb
ert Manor for 13 years before it was taken away from us, by MCG, The
city Goverment, State Legistslators, and The Augusta Housing Authority. Im sure that there are somebodies in power who knows tha
t Gilbert Manor was'nt to be sold, given away, or taken? Now, word is
going around that yall have bought sunset HOMES, (ANA) CherryTree
Crossing? I encourage you to challength Beulah Grove for their proper
ty? The reason why I made this statement is because, with all the land
that yall have bought and taken, then Beulah Grove might be your nex
t venture? Im strongly convinced that these people wont just stand by
and let you do them anykind of way that you want. We need to know
that money, positions, power, popurlarity, and the abilities to crush ot
hers who are smaller than you, is'nt the True Answer.

Southern Sailor
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Southern Sailor 02/08/11 - 11:18 pm
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Show me the dough. There is

Show me the dough.
There is no money for employee raises and some of us just make enough to be afraid for more furloughs.
There is no money for the new dental and medical education building and we are hearing now that the cancer center employees will be let go because THERE IS NO MONEY FOR CANCER.
Who knows how much the LW mall would cost, if there were money for it (there is not) and now we're hearing about taking over the golf casino?
Where will the money come from to double the professors?
It is not surprising that no one will give to MCG with a wild man in charge.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 02/08/11 - 11:27 pm
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Empire building.

Empire building.

catfish20
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catfish20 02/09/11 - 07:24 am
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Grow GHSU Grow!!!

Grow GHSU Grow!!!

augustarookie
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augustarookie 02/09/11 - 03:20 pm
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Where they going to park

Where they going to park these 500?

corgimom
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corgimom 02/09/11 - 09:19 pm
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Here's a shout out to Dr.

Here's a shout out to Dr. Azziz-

When you compare MUSC and MCG, please note that they are located in two different states, with two different legislatures overseeing them.

“I’m not interested in comparing ourselves to a peer group. I want to be compared to the leaders,” he said.

Isn't that what he's DOING, comparing MCG to MUSC, or did I miss something???

I actually admire Dr. Azziz, he took on a true mess. And God knows, he's working hard to fix that horrible mess.

But I like him better when he makes sense.

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Riverman1 02/09/11 - 09:22 pm
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I would have felt more

I would have felt more comfortable if he has said he wanted to add 50 jobs instead of 500. Even if he has plans to add 500, he should quietly do it at rate of about 50 a year to keep the public and politicians from complaining.

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