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.