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Board of Regents to hold meeting at Augusta State

Board set to resume tradition of campus meetings

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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.

IF YOU GO

WHAT: The University System of Georgia Board of Regents will be meeting in Augusta

WHERE: Augusta State University’s Jaguar Student Activities Center.

WHEN: Today’s meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will include honoring ASU President William A. Bloodworth Jr., who will also address the board. Wednesday’s meeting will begin at 11 a.m. and will include an address from Georgia Health Sciences University President Ricardo Azziz.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 10/11/11 - 04:53 am
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I wonder when the

I wonder when the consolidation and closure of some schools is going to be released? According to some ASU will gain in the process.

socks99
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socks99 10/11/11 - 02:35 pm
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I'll trot out the alarmist

I'll trot out the alarmist rhetoric once more:

The entire public University system of GA (and other states for that matter) is in grave danger due to a mismatch between its current leadership, and an evolving GA and world economy.

Already, the GA Technical Schools are seeing plummeting enrollment, and the same thing will happen through-out the public system. Then, the massive debts incurred at the behest of our education 'leaders' over the past three decades will combine to strangle public funds available to support this system.

Hope it doesn't happen. When (if?) it does, local folks are going to have to move-in and try to salvage the public system or, conversely, revert to an all-private system of higher education.

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