I thoroughly enjoyed the article by Barry L. Paschal in The Augusta Chronicle about University System of Georgia Board of Regents Chancellor Hank Huckaby’s address to the Columbia Country Chamber of Commerce breakfast May 15 (“Chancellor touts need for change,” May 16). His words rang true and confirmed my appreciation of the hard road ahead for our Board of Regents, Chancellor Huckaby and our president, Dr. Ricardo Azziz, in helping our new university reach the next level of academic and research excellence.
As the article stated, “This is a great place in a great part of the state, and it’s going to be even greater with the things we’re going to do.” As a faculty member, I am proud to be part of this transformational change. As a transplanted Augustan, I am very grateful for the Board of Regents’ support for our city and our great new institution. Like many other faculty, I look forward to being part of our transition to a Level One research university.
Both Azziz and Huckaby have difficult jobs, but their vision for our institution ultimately will benefit every one of us at the university and the surrounding community as well as the state, nation and the world. Please join me in thanking these great leaders for their insightful and inspiring leadership.
(The writer is dean and Merritt Professor of Georgia Regents University’s College of Dental Medicine.)