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MCG external affairs unit dissolved

Vice president reassigned to role in office of president

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Medical College of Georgia's administration will see at least one shake-up prior to the arrival of incoming President Ricardo Azziz.

R. Bryan Ginn Jr.: Move of administrator is not related to a recent review of salaries by The Augusta Chronicle, officials say.
R. Bryan Ginn Jr.: Move of administrator is not related to a recent review of salaries by The Augusta Chronicle, officials say.

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The reassignment of R. Bryan Ginn Jr., vice president for external affairs, is part of a change to his unit and is not related to a recent Augusta Chronicle report about a rapid increase in administrative salaries in the past five years, said Interim President James N. Thompson.

The Division of External Affairs is being dissolved and Ginn will join the Office of the President at MCG as an assistant for external relations.

"Bryan is a very valued individual and Dr. Azziz I know is looking forward to meeting with Bryan when he gets here," Thompson said.

Three staff positions in External Affairs and one in the Office of the President will be eliminated, but the school is trying to find them positions elsewhere, Thompson said. Others in the division who deal with alumni affairs and special events are being transferred to University Development.

"It's the positions that are being terminated and hopefully not the individuals," Thompson said.

Ginn will work with Annie Hunt Burriss, who is also a special assistant to the president, and with Julie Kerlin, assistant vice president for government relations, as a "highly integrated external affairs team reporting directly to the president," Thompson wrote in an e-mail.

In an interview, Thompson said he had been thinking about making the change for a while and that it was unrelated to The Chronicle 's analysis of administrative salaries, which increased 53 percent over five years.

Ginn had the fourth-highest increase among administrators The Chronicle examined, jumping from $110,004 to $203,802, an 85 percent increase, according to records provided under the Georgia Open Records Act.

The Chronicle has asked for records to see whether Ginn's salary will change as well but those records had not been provided as of Thursday afternoon.

Azziz was informed of the change but Thompson said it was the current administration's decision. Azziz will become president July 1. Thompson said he did not foresee any other changes prior to Azziz's arrival.

Azziz, however, told The Chronicle earlier this month that he would investigate the increase and a seeming proliferation of vice presidents and vice deans at the school.

"I know he will review the administrative structure, he'll review compensation, he'll review everything, as a new president should," Thompson said. "And I know that he will."

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FedupwithAUG
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FedupwithAUG 05/21/10 - 12:24 am
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Man did I get into the wrong

Man did I get into the wrong field when I decided to get into medicine.

FedupwithAUG
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FedupwithAUG 05/21/10 - 12:33 am
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Downgrade from vice president

Downgrade from vice president for external affairs to assistant for external relations, sounds like a 60K job to me. Sure they will change the title but not the pay. I hope Dr. Azziz understands there is someone at MCGHI that will do the same job at 55k.

Kapa18
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Kapa18 05/21/10 - 07:56 am
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Notice that since the

Notice that since the article(s) in the paper appeared MCG has began a media blitz to report what really amounts to nothing. Mr. Ginn was holding a nothing job, his department was part of campaign to raise funds for the school, the campaign was always scheduled to end during this time period, so there is nothing new here. The people who were hired to run this campaign knew this could happen in advance (although I am sure they were hoping it wouldn't). Funny though how the "worker bees" are looking for other jobs but Mr. Ginn is just being reassigned. Like I said, much a do about nothing, same old same old.

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pattym35 05/21/10 - 08:30 am
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If it weren't so

If it weren't so patheticallly sad, it would almost be funny

Roycliff
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Roycliff 05/21/10 - 08:41 am
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It is true that most of these

It is true that most of these "assistant" positions that pay six figures could easily be handled by a competent staff person who would by glad to make $45,000 a year. If you pressed these people for data on setting salaries, you would find that they are arbitrary. Based on what the "other guys" are paying and of course, the "other guys" are using the same arguments about MCG. So they are all in cahoots.

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Kapa18 05/21/10 - 10:11 am
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Oh and he makes this type of

Oh and he makes this type of money with a BA "He earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Georgia Southern University". Ridiculous....but I think I've got it now....his father was a US Congressman...wonders never cease to amaze me. All this information if public record and can be found on the MCG website.

Roycliff
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Roycliff 05/21/10 - 11:22 am
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"External relations" means

"External relations" means you go to Atlanta a lot and take lobbyists and legislators out for two hour lunches. And it ain't Burger King.

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iletuknow 05/21/10 - 05:03 pm
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Obama's plan will have these

Obama's plan will have these glorified used car salesmen out the door.

Esctab
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Esctab 05/22/10 - 09:55 am
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How nice of Thompson to

How nice of Thompson to comment that it is the positions that are being terminated and "hopefully not the individuals." This is more than what MCG has been done for other individuals who were equally if not more deserving of having MCG find new ways to utilize their talents. But alas, the wisdom of perserving talent is selectively applied.

...point to ponder
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...point to ponder 05/22/10 - 10:16 am
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Based on the comments posted

Based on the comments posted so far it does seem that "no one" has any understanding of the job/position that Mr. Ginn fills. This young man has played critical roles to keep funding sources open for many programs on the MCG campus. Because he serves in the role he does the Medical College is in the forefront of the issues and the decision makers which affect thousands of employees on the MCG campus.

Because of Mr. Ginn's dedication to his chosen career field the Medical College of Georgia is in a high state and national prominence. When it comes to the many elected officials and numerous federal and state agency's being aware of the critical issues needing attention it is one of Mr. Ginn's rolls to ensure that the MCG's needs are put to the forefront. The many miles Mr. Ginn traveled between Augusta and Atlanta and the many air miles between here and Washington, DC. benefit all Augustans by putting MCG first.

Those that comment negatively on this young man just don't have a clue as to the depth of this young man's talents or the critical role he fills.

Esctab
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Esctab 05/22/10 - 10:56 am
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I do not know Ginn and do not

I do not know Ginn and do not presume to critique his qualificaitons or his role; but as a member of the MCG alumni association, I have observed that MCG treats people equally, its just that some appear to be more equal than others. Sincere best wishes to Ginn and MCG.

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