Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver and Georgia Health Sciences University President Ricardo Azziz have again made Georgia Trend magazine’s list of 100 most influential Georgians.
Copenhaver, the only Augusta elected official to be included, was recognized by the magazine for his work in community redevelopment and the creation of new “public spaces” in Augusta, according to a news release from mayor’s assistant Karyn Nixon.
Copenhaver, 44, was named one of 20 “change makers” in city design by the American Architectural Foundation during 2011, it stated.
Azziz, 53, who also serves as CEO of Georgia Health Sciences Health System, was named for his role in leading the organizations through a 10-year growth plan called Transformation 2020.
The plan will remake GHSU into “an integrated, world-class organization delivering excellence in biomedical education, research and clinical service,” the release said.