Shaffer to take on government relations role at GHSU

A former aide to U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood and a current staff member of Georgia Gov, Nathan Deal has been appointed to a position at Georgia Health Sciences University, the school said.

Michael Shaffer, an Augusta native who is deputy chief of staff for the governor, will become the vice president of government relations/chief advocacy officer for GHSU in May.

In a statement, Deal credits Shaffer with “constant behind-the-scenes work” in getting the governor’s agenda through the past two legislative sessions.

“Michael’s talents will allow him to aid President (Ricardo) Azziz’s ambitious aims for Georgia Health Sciences,” the statement said. “In this way, he’ll continue to work with me as we build GHS into one of the top 50 academic health centers in the nation. This transition is a loss for our team, both professionally and personally, but we know that he’s the right man for the job.”

Shaffer was a campaign consultant to Deal’s 2010 bid for governor. He was a longtime aide to Norwood, who died in 2007, and later to U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, R-Ga.

In his new position, Shaffer will be in charge of local government affairs work with Georgia and South Carolina, the school said in a statement.

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