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GRU's Azziz bows out of Texas job search

Friday, March 21, 2014 3:12 PM
Last updated Saturday, March 22, 2014 8:57 PM
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He’s not bound for Texas.

Azziz  Augusta Chronicle file
Augusta Chronicle file
Azziz

Georgia Regents University President Ricardo Azziz said Friday afternoon he will not pursue a job at a newly formed university there.

“While I am appreciative to the University of Texas System for their consideration in the search for an inaugural president of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, I have decided not to pursue the opportunity further,” he said in a statement issued by GRU.

“It is an honor to be identified with such an esteemed group of leaders and I am confident that the System will select an individual who will create a university that Texans will be proud to call their own.”

As with an earlier statement when his name became public as one of five candidates for the position, Azziz stated he was committed to the success of GRU and will continue to work with state leaders to make GRU “the nation’s next great American university.”

The UT System Board of Regents has not yet scheduled a vote to name a finalist for president of UT Rio Grande Valley, which will be a new university formed out of the merger of UT Brownsville and UT Pan American and what will be a new medical school, South Texas School of Medicine. The new university would have 28,000 students, a $70 million endowment and a budget of $419 million, according to the UT System. Its first students would enroll in fall 2015 and its first class of 50 medical students would start in 2016, a system spokeswoman said.

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Red Headed Step Child
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Red Headed Step Child 03/21/14 - 03:20 pm
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Noooooooooooooooooooooooo!

The sound you hear is 40,000+ hearts breaking in unison. Oh, to be teased so. Dangit... I knew it was too much to hope for.

FINALLY something Augusta supported him on and he doesn't do it. Figures.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/21/14 - 03:22 pm
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Bottom Line

"“While I am appreciative to the University of Texas System for their consideration in the search for an inaugural president of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, I have decided not to pursue the opportunity further,” he said in a statement issued by GRU.

The bottom line is HE DID APPLY and NOW has info he will not be selected. That's why we get this statement now. More subterfuge. Heh, wonder why he wasn't selected?

BamaMan
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BamaMan 03/21/14 - 03:21 pm
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Interesting

They probably turned HIM down.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/21/14 - 03:24 pm
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Yes or No

If he gives this statement to the Chronicle and expects it to be announced why can't he answer questions from what I hope reporters asked him. Did he apply? Yes or no.

willie7
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willie7 03/21/14 - 03:38 pm
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A Great Leader!!!! Happy he
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A Great Leader!!!!
Happy he will stay at GRU.

WalterBradfordCannon
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WalterBradfordCannon 03/21/14 - 03:50 pm
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Azziz tweeted this, and the

Azziz tweeted this, and the chronicle picked it up.

https://twitter.com/ricardoazziz

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/21/14 - 03:52 pm
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Remember a year or so ago his

Remember a year or so ago his name popped up on the University of Florida medical school search? Think he didn't apply there as he said at the time?

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 03/21/14 - 03:55 pm
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I am confident that Azziz DID

I am confident that Azziz DID apply for the position and confident that he found out that he was NOT going to be considered further, so he withdrew his name BEFORE he was publicly dropped. Happens all the time...especially with egomaniacs.

razordog
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razordog 03/21/14 - 04:02 pm
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Translation...

I know the citizens of Augusta really don't like me, but I'm going to hang around this little lazy town and see just how miserable I can make them.

NrthAugustaSam
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NrthAugustaSam 03/21/14 - 04:14 pm
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(What Really Happened) or "Thanks, Al Gore"

The figured out how to use Google in Texas..... And when they did Google "Azziz", the virus that has infected our city for the last few years filled their browser with his BS antics and ill will to his host city. We can all blame Al Gore for this one. If this were 1994, Azziz would be on his way to Texas like Charles Lark (isn't Texas where we send our trash?).

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/21/14 - 04:20 pm
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I get your sentiment, NA Sam,

I get your sentiment, NA Sam, but Charles Larke never went anywhere, unfortunately. That was Dana Bedden, who wasn't that bad.

grinder48
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grinder48 03/21/14 - 04:25 pm
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What a HORRIBLE Disappointment!
Unpublished

Among many hopes, I was hoping once he was gone they'd come to their senses and get rid of all those giant gru buses riding all over town empty. What a joke. I'm certainly no tree-hugger but talking about a carbon footprint! Empty buses riding around when the city buses operate in the red due to lack of passengers, all so ahsleeze can have his ego stroked by having his own bus fleet. Ridiculous!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/21/14 - 04:51 pm
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Changing Name Back

By the way I noted earlier the importance of Armstrong Atlantic being allowed to change their name back to the original Armstrong State University. That means it can happen here, sans Azziz.

Esctab
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Esctab 03/21/14 - 04:59 pm
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Ugh!!!

Well shucks. But hey, hopefully the departure of David Brond (Azizz’s “concept” man for signage) will set the right trend. Maybe the Augusta Chronicle could ask Azziz why David Brond left GRU after such a short stay. See story about Brond departure from GRU at:

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

lovingthesouth72
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lovingthesouth72 03/21/14 - 05:18 pm
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Finish the job

Stick around And see the project through. That's a good thing.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 03/21/14 - 06:27 pm
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He likely bowed out

having been told they did not want the PR nightmare that accompanies him.

Maybe the Regents need to re-look his dedication to the job, since he is actively seeking other employment.

OR MAYBE, JUST MAYBE....
The GA. Regents no longer need him, whispered a warning he needs to
start looking, since he has accomplished what they wanted.

galaxygrl
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galaxygrl 03/21/14 - 06:31 pm
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Fiddle Sticks

*scrapes shoe on the ground* DARN!

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 03/21/14 - 07:14 pm
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Sad news.

The job is done, kind of the way Obummer has trashed the US, foreign and domestic policy.

Biggest diff is that Obummer sort of claims to have been born in the US.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 03/21/14 - 07:23 pm
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I wonder if Whasamadda U or

I wonder if Whasamadda U or Taxidermy Tech is searching for a "national thought leader..."

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/21/14 - 10:05 pm
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Through?

LovingTheSouth posted:

Stick around and see the project through. That's a good thing.

The merger is done. It's over. Now all that's going on is everyday, run of the mill operations. That's not exciting. That's not cool. He needs to go do another merger, another turnaround. That's what the cool folks do.

sand gnat
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sand gnat 03/21/14 - 11:19 pm
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Ricardo

Ricardo, as much as we would like to keep you, the folks in Texas need you more. It will be our loss but, follow that dream. We will get by. It will be tough but Texas needs you more. Bye.

KSL
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KSL 03/22/14 - 12:17 am
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And everything is bigger in

And everything is bigger in Texas.

KSL
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KSL 03/22/14 - 12:18 am
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Just think about the size of

Just think about the size of the garage he could have.

KSL
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KSL 03/22/14 - 12:22 am
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It is an honor to be

It is an honor to be identified with such an esteemed group of leaders and I am confident that the System will select an individual who will create a university that Texans will be proud to call their own.”

Doesn't Texas already have several they are proud to call their own?

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 03/22/14 - 01:31 am
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tell me...

Is the only reason that Azziz is vilified in this city because of the name of the university? I mean I think Georgia Regents University is a crappy name. I know folks wanted AUGUSTA in the title which never materialized. I also know there was supposed to be a compromise to where it was GRU-Augusta but come on I think the powers that be are just hoping that as time passes the Augusta part will be slowly phased out.
I just wondered if there was anything else he's done to earn the title of the most hated man in the CSRA. I mean I don't see how one man could have that much power when it comes to the name of the university. I bet there were many more who worked silently behind the scenes.
I wonder who they were?

WillyWanker
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WillyWanker 03/22/14 - 03:50 am
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It's just a wind-up folks. He

It's just a wind-up folks. He just wanted to see how unpopular he is. Chances are we've got him for the duration like death and taxes.

iaaffg
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iaaffg 03/22/14 - 05:05 am
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texas doesn't know how lucky

texas doesn't know how lucky they are they missed this particular bad bullet! actually, texas has higher standards for their university presidents than some states apparently do, and this joker probably fell way short of the mark.

iaaffg
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iaaffg 03/22/14 - 05:11 am
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i thought we sent all our

i thought we sent all our trash to south carolina.

corgimom
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corgimom 03/22/14 - 07:33 am
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I got another "send us money"

I got another "send us money" letter yesterday from GRU.

It went straight into the trash.

LillyfromtheMills
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LillyfromtheMills 03/22/14 - 07:45 am
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Shrimp

It was kinda like if you like your insurance, you can keep it. They did a survey and the name Augusta was chosen and he ignored it - seems like the survey cost 40k

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