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A $10 million donation from a Medical College of Georgia alumnus led to others that will help fund the Education Commons Building at Georgia Health Sciences University, a top fundraiser said.

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Georgia Health Sciences University's new Education Commons Building will allow for larger class sizes and more interdisciplinary training among its colleges.  SPECIAL
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Georgia Health Sciences University's new Education Commons Building will allow for larger class sizes and more interdisciplinary training among its colleges.

The University System of Georgia Board of Regents voted Wednesday to name the building after the late Dr. J. Harold Harrison, a 1948 graduate of the school and an Atlanta cardiovascular surgeon. He had served as the president of the MCG Foundation and the MCG Alumni Association and “was a key volunteer for us for years and years,” said GHSU’s chief development officer, Susan Barcus. He died June 2.

Harrison made his gift contingent on getting bond funding and the university’s being able to raise money from others, including people in Augusta, Barcus said.

The $76.5 million facility, which will serve both MCG and the College of Dental Medicine, will be funded in part by $42 million in bonds, and GHSU has committed to raising the $34.5 million difference in private donations, Barcus said. With about $23.2 million coming in, the university hopes to raise the rest by the end of this fiscal year, she said.

“We’re in good shape,” Barcus said. “I wouldn’t say that we are ahead of the game, but we are really where we wanted to be and we feel like this is going in the right direction.”

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Martinez
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Martinez 08/08/12 - 06:59 pm
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What? A name that makes sense?

"The University System of Georgia Board of Regents voted today to name the building after the late Dr. J. Harold Harrison." I guess I am just shocked they didn't name it the Regents Building.

KSL
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KSL 08/08/12 - 07:13 pm
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I wonder what the generous

I wonder what the generous donor would have thought of the gru name.

gadawg4483
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gadawg4483 08/08/12 - 11:40 pm
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Donations to GHSU or GRU

Maybe Azziz can get his Hollywood cronies to donate some money to the school.

KSL
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KSL 08/08/12 - 11:57 pm
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He probably needs to hit them

He probably needs to hit them up because he may have just lost donors from not just one, but 2 longtime institutions.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 08/09/12 - 08:32 am
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Instead of a building,

How about a raise for MCG employees? Six years and counting.

Ya' hear that, you doofus regents? Do you think we could spend some of that name-change money to bring MCG employees' salaries back up to something within shouting distance of market rates?

Huh?

soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/09/12 - 08:54 am
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If I had a hammer......
Unpublished

I'd hammer in the morning,
I'd hammer in the evening,
All over this town;

Just government projects,
With cost plus contracts,
No private ventures, that bring me down;

csrareader
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csrareader 08/09/12 - 10:11 am
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Maybe Azziz can donate some

Maybe Azziz can donate some of his $675,000 in compensation from last year.

Doug Duncan
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Doug Duncan 08/09/12 - 11:00 am
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Thank you!

Thank you to Dr. Harrison and his family!

omnomnom
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omnomnom 08/09/12 - 12:27 pm
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Why would he make the gift

Why would he make the gift contingent on bond funding? weird.

crackinup
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crackinup 08/09/12 - 03:19 pm
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I agree with the raises,

I agree with the raises, almost 6 years and we haven't been able to get a raise. Mean while the GHSU police officers have brand new Dodge Chargers, for what?? All the high speed chases they are involved in. I know, the millions of dollars spent changing the names, that's where our raises went.

CryoCyberTronics
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CryoCyberTronics 08/10/12 - 03:10 pm
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Was that the 10millCG got from Augusta Georgia!

Just found out Ozy has attracted the attention of the NCAA. School is under investigation for in a possible wrongdoing and some members of the university may be asked to step down. Like the Jerry Sandusky's case the NCAA step in. In the case with GRU the NCAA is a higher authority than the Georgia BOR.

What do the City of Augusta , Gorgia get to put it's name on?

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markparris 12/02/12 - 05:47 pm
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Thank You

As a member of the Harrison family, I would like to thank "Doc" for his generous contribution. His generosity reflects his compassion and love for his profession. As for the selfish comments in regards to raises, etc., let me say what I think "Doc" would have said....If you don't like your job, feel free to find another, start your own business and investments, and then YOU can make your own donations.

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