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Texas university reportedly looks at Azziz

President considered for leadership role

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 3:13 PM
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Georgia Regents University President Ricardo Azziz is one of five candidates to become the inaugural president of a new university in south Texas that would include a new medical school, a Texas newspaper reported.

President Ricardo Azziz is being considered for a position in Texas.   File/Staff
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President Ricardo Azziz is being considered for a position in Texas.

The Monitor, of McAllen, said Azziz is one of the candidates for president of what will become The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

GRU issued a statement Wednesday, saying: “As a national thought leader, Georgia Regents University President Ricardo Azziz is often approached about new leadership opportunities in academia and health care. He is honored to be considered for such leadership posts and remains committed to the success of GRU.”

Spokeswoman Christen Carter said Azziz would not comment further on the position.

Without confirming any of the names, Jenny LaCoste-Caputo, the executive director of public affairs for the University of Texas System, said that there are five candidates and that the University of Texas Board of Regents is still in the process of interviewing for that position. The board would then vote at an as-yet-unscheduled meeting to name finalists, and “the board can select several finalists, it can select one finalist,” she said. The names would be public then, and after 21 days the board could select a president.

The new Texas university will be created out of the merger of UT Pan American and UT Brownsville, LaCoste-Caputo said, along with the Regional Health Academic Center of Harlingen, Texas. The new school would have an enrollment of 28,000, $11 million in research funding and a $419 million annual budget, according to information she provided.

A new university was created out of the two so that the new school could take advantage of the Permanent University Fund, an endowment for Texas universities from the gas and oil proceeds of donated lands, worth more than $15.9 billion last year, that can be used for capital projects, LaCoste-Caputo said. Because the two previous schools started off as community colleges before becoming universities, they did not technically qualify for the fund but the new school will, she said. There will also be a new medical school, which had originally been conceived as a free-standing institution.

“The medical school was already in the works because we don’t have a medical school south of San Antonio in the state of Texas,” LaCoste-Caputo said. What will be South Texas School of Medicine is in the process of getting accredited and will enroll its first 50 students in 2016, LaCoste-Caputo said. The new university’s first class will be in fall 2015.

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jrsc429
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jrsc429 03/19/14 - 02:19 pm
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What will Azziz recommend as the new name?

I highly recommend Azziz for this new position; the sooner he is accepted, the better for Augusta. Just curious, if he takes the position, what will Azziz recommend as the new name?

corgimom
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corgimom 03/19/14 - 02:28 pm
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Well, being approached and

Well, being approached and being interviewed are two different things. He's on the short list.

Hoping...

The new name will be TRU, of course!

thauch12
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thauch12 03/19/14 - 02:44 pm
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Irony

The great irony of all this would be if whichever fact-checker at UT comes across these pointless articles (as far as I'm concerned it's all speculation until his contract is signed and the boxes are packed), sees how glad Augusta/GRU is to be rid of this guy, decides there's something wrong with Azziz and tells him to stay here.

A little tact may go a long way in this process folks...

Mr. Thackeray
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Mr. Thackeray 03/19/14 - 02:48 pm
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Oh yeah, he will sure be able

Oh yeah, he will sure be able to tell the UT Regents what the name should be...fat chance!!!

galaxygrl
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galaxygrl 03/19/14 - 03:09 pm
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Bye Bye

As Brittany would say" Bye, Bye Baby, Bye, Bye!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/19/14 - 03:30 pm
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Azziz Applied

There's not a doubt in my mind with Azziz refusing to comment that he volunteered his name for consideration. He is once again being deceptive.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/19/14 - 03:34 pm
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GRU Statement

GRU issued a statement Wednesday, saying: “As a national thought leader, Georgia Regents University President Ricardo Azziz is often approached about new leadership opportunities in academia and health care."

Oh yeah. Well, tell me one other school that has considered him without him applying? Heh.

jbartley
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jbartley 03/19/14 - 03:37 pm
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Good By

He will not be missed.

corgimom
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corgimom 03/19/14 - 03:56 pm
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Can anybody tell me what a

Can anybody tell me what a thought leader is?

This makes absolutely NO SENSE.

corgimom
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corgimom 03/19/14 - 03:57 pm
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But is there a state and

But is there a state and local thought leader, since there is a national one?

corgimom
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corgimom 03/19/14 - 03:58 pm
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Riverman, yeah, if he hadn't

Riverman, yeah, if he hadn't been approached and interviewed, he would've said that it was completely false.

Esctab
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Esctab 03/19/14 - 04:07 pm
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The Monitor

Here is the link the news article in The Monitor newspaper:

http://www.themonitor.com/news/local/in-search-for-inaugural-ut-rgv-pres...

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/19/14 - 04:10 pm
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@ Corgi..."Thought Leader"

Heh, heh, heh. Wasn't that a ridiculous statement? He is so into his posts on the Huffington Post, he fancies himself a great intellect. Have you read some of his trite, stale comments? The commenters on the Chronicle are better. He is inept is the truth.

willie7
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willie7 03/19/14 - 04:42 pm
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If he is chosen, I hope he
Unpublished

If he is chosen, I hope he won't accept the position.
He is so much needed here to make GRU a great university it is becoming!!!!

nocnoc
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nocnoc 03/19/14 - 04:55 pm
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As a matter of southern honor

Texas should be warned about Azzzzzzzzzzzzzzz,

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 03/19/14 - 05:07 pm
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Warn Texas?

nocnoc - - Don't you DARE!!! Too bad he could not apply sooner, much sooner. Wonder if he did not like the garage? Let's keep our fingers crossed that he will soon go west - yeah - Go West Young Man - Go West. And for goodness sake don't come back - you caused us enough heartache.

saywhatagain
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saywhatagain 03/19/14 - 05:18 pm
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We'll help him pack

Texas will have to change its slogan from "The Lone Star State" to "The Loon Start State" if Eddie gets the job.

WalterBradfordCannon
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WalterBradfordCannon 03/19/14 - 05:53 pm
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DId a quick search. UT Austin

DId a quick search. UT Austin and Dallas presidents make less than Azziz, but UTSouthwestern president makes more (there is a medical school at UTSW). UT could give him an increase in salary. They are merging two small UT universities into one university and adding a medical school - Azziz will be quite competitive for this job. Azziz is the only identified candidate who has been president at an institution with a medical school, and the only candidate who has overseen a university merger.

I'd say he has the inside track. They are including a medical school, and that will generate as much revenue as the university on a yearly basis, if not more. The UT Regents will consider that a significant bonus for Azziz.

Clemsondoc
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Clemsondoc 03/19/14 - 07:00 pm
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To Univ of Texas wherever officials

Azziz has done great things here at GRU. He has combined a medical college and undergraduate university that were once separate entities into a national leader that the community and region have all rallied around showing their support on posters in their yards. He came up with an intuitive name for the institution that pleased all and I'm sure he can do the same for you. If you choose him which I highly recommend we will be loosing a great leader, intellect, and statesman but I couldn't blame him for the move as everything is bigger in Texas.

lowe_ryder
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lowe_ryder 03/19/14 - 07:06 pm
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Movin on out

I have a semi truck and trailer, and I will be more than happy to load all his stuff on it and transport it out west free of charge. I just want to see him gone.....I'll even help him pack.

jmo
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jmo 03/19/14 - 07:25 pm
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Don't let the screen....

door hit you in (you know the rest).

KSL
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KSL 03/19/14 - 07:55 pm
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You guys are funny.

You guys are funny.I just hope nobody in Texas is reading this.

KSL
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KSL 03/19/14 - 07:54 pm
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Hope they will like his funky

Hope they will like his funky art.

showboat
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showboat 03/19/14 - 08:39 pm
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Bye!!!!!!!!!!
Unpublished

Bye!!!!!!!!!!

Darby
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Darby 03/19/14 - 08:51 pm
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Would love to see

that Eddie Munster look alike pack his bags and hit the road. Not holding my breath though.

Scott Michaux
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Scott Michaux 03/19/14 - 09:28 pm
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TRU-RGV

Prepare for a name change.

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 03/19/14 - 09:35 pm
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Cool

Azziz, Texas is very cool, you should go!

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 03/19/14 - 10:12 pm
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He's gone......
Unpublished

As we knew he would. He's off on the next leg of his upward climb through the rungs of academia. Having created chaos here, he'll leave the wreckage to be cleaned up by others.

The legacy he'll leave is the destruction of 200 years of identity and name recognition at the Medical College of Georgia and a merger between a small, liberal arts college and Georgia's state medical school, to the detriment of both institutions.

jbtpt
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jbtpt 03/19/14 - 10:20 pm
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No one is reporting this person's actual exit

No one is reporting the exit of David Brond and he is already gone! He is actually the one responsible for the brochure debacle with the obscured ASU logos on athlete jerseys and the latest mess with the entryway signs on the ASU campus...he made those calls!!! Just keeping it real. He should be gone. Good call.

http://news.rpi.edu/content/2014/03/19/rensselaer-names-david-l-brond-vi...

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/19/14 - 10:28 pm
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Burst Bubble

I fear the outcome of this will the same as the outcome of Fred (What, me worry?) Russell's job interview with Sarasota County down in Florida. He was a finalist, and they ended up rejecting him.

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