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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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Little Old Lady
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Little Old Lady 03/22/14 - 07:57 am
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Shrimp

If you worked at GRUsome you would know the answer to your question.

MrClen1944
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MrClen1944 03/22/14 - 11:40 am
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Azziz Strategy Change

Now is the time for us to get behind Azziz in our comments and have positive comments. By doing this, if we can get another sucker on the hook, they will see what a great leader and humanitarian he really is. This extraordinary leader and progressive thinker has done so much for us. I feel his presence and leadership is as enlightening as staying in a Holiday Inn Express. Please don't leave us. without you, Augusta would be, as the song once said, "Augusta, Georgia is no place to be." Please Azz, don't go.

MrClen1944
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MrClen1944 03/22/14 - 11:43 am
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I thought my comments would

I thought my comments would be uplifting and and show others what a great leader Azziz is.

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 03/22/14 - 11:44 am
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"What happened?" I wonder if

"What happened?"

I wonder if someone at the Chronicle or another local sent a poison pen op-ed to the local paper in Texas the way Phil Kent did when Ronnie Few went to DC?

At least Mayor Young understood what was at stake___he helped Few leave with a glowing letter.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/22/14 - 11:56 am
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Truth Matters, The Honest Move

Truth Matters, actually the right thing to have done in both cases would have been to give both cities the info about Ronnie Few and Ricardo Azziz. We joke about playing games and giving Azziz kudos, but would we want others playing games with our future? The honest move is for all communities to share truthful information about officials applying for jobs in other cities.

Darby
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Darby 03/22/14 - 12:04 pm
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Ricardo.....

Please say it ain't so. Man, you know they desperately need your kind of thoughtful leadership down there in Texas.

You've done enough here. I mean really, ENOUGH!

dichotomy
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dichotomy 03/22/14 - 12:54 pm
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"And everything is bigger in

"And everything is bigger in Texas"

Yeh....and Azziz knows it is better to be a big fish in a little pond than a little fish in a big pond.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/22/14 - 01:09 pm
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Value Judgment on GRU

It's a value judgment on GRU when the president of MCG and the undergrad school is willing to leave for a med school that hasn't even opened yet and two undergrad schools near the Mexican border combining.

Esctab
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Esctab 03/22/14 - 05:35 pm
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Darby

Ditto.

raul
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raul 03/22/14 - 08:00 pm
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I got a solicitation from GRU

I got a solicitation from GRU a few days ago for the scholarship fund from a freshman giving her story of how a scholarship enabled her to study without taking "mul
tiple" jobs to pay for her schooling and not having to take out student loans. That one went into the trash too. I worked full time and went to college sans student loans. Took longer than four years but I did it.

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