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If it makes sense to expand GRU in Augusta - and it does - they'll find us

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State officials are at least taking a skeptical look at having Georgia Regents University expand into the
stately old mills beside the Augusta Canal. But it appears they’re looking more eagerly to establish an Atlanta campus of the GRU medical school.

We think expansion here makes a ton more sense.

GRU President Ricardo Azziz’s logic is that Atlanta is where the people are – though, in making that argument, he also used faulty population statistics that unfairly and inaccurately portray Augusta as shrinking.

More importantly, we don’t agree with his follow-me-to-the-big-city logic, and neither do the purveyors of many of the world’s best institutions of higher learning. People don’t just follow crowds; they also flock to quality. Great schools – like great barbecue or any other stellar product – are worth seeking out, wherever they are.

Then there’s the question of quality of life. Maybe bigger isn’t always better; maybe sometimes it’s just more crowded. It’s no
secret that Atlanta struggles with such issues. Attending a great university is more than location, more than numbers, more than even science. It’s about an overall experience.

Many of the world’s greatest colleges and universities are located in anything but a huge metropolis. They seem to be doing just fine. And, again, they provide their students with a unique, approachable, comfortable setting.

We do hope the Georgia Board of Regents is serious about including the consideration of a mills campus in their long-range master planning now under way.

The potential for expanding GRU along the canal – and providing students with both a pastoral setting and an urban experience – is unlimited and exciting. And, as any business knows, opportunities to expand are often best in your own back yard.

We’re disappointed, though not surprised, that Dr. Azziz would seemingly go out of his way to downplay Augusta’s
dynamism and potential.

Let’s concentrate on making the consolidated Georgia Regents University work – and making the most of it by shoring up the foundation already laid.

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deestafford
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deestafford 11/18/13 - 01:05 am
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Why would anyone want to put a healthy cell in the middle of

a cancer? In many ways Atlanta is a cancer on the rest of Georgia sucking resources to it like a black hole captures light.

Azziz is on an ego trip to make his name in Atlanta and the best way for him to do that is to set himself up there with a satellite office near the center of state power.

The two biggest love portions are money and power. Azziz has shown he is not hesitant to spend money and working on acquiring more power and statewide recognition.

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Riverman1 11/18/13 - 06:40 am
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Have We Learned?

As I said when it was first proposed to build a second medical school campus in Athens, it's only going to take funding from Augusta. Many, including the Chronicle and other media, went along with the idea of expanding to Athens for awhile. I remembered the similar experience in SC when USC Columbia managed to start another med school against the wish of Charleston where MUSC is located. They accurately predicted all that happens is a second rate med school that takes money from the main campus in Charleston. I hope we have learned and fight tooth and nail against an Atlanta GRU campus of any kind. The CSRA is booming with some of the wealthiest and fastest growing areas in the nation. Branch campuses should be in the CSRA, supporting the Augusta school, not Atlanta.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 11/18/13 - 08:01 am
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Huge cultural shift going on

Cobb county just blasted a hole in the hull...for decades Atlanta's center of gravity has shifted away from Atlanta's center, moving inexorably northward.....many miles north of FivePoints.....and dragging money-politics & power....get used to the idea...you can't stop it.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 11/18/13 - 08:02 am
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Sunday article about this

Shifting northward & ya might as well like it...read the article-AJC.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 11/18/13 - 08:08 am
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Wow

"In many ways Atlanta is a cancer on the rest of Georgia". Pretty cold.

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Bizkit 11/18/13 - 08:31 am
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Azziz needs to quit whining

Azziz needs to quit whining and complaining and always wanting a change-it's been that way since he's been in office. He's crazy and will never be satisfied but offer more excuses. He accepted to President of MCG but has done nothing but keep changing everything rather than building a school. Why would anyone trust him to go to Atlanta when he hasn't "proven" his merit here? I've lived her near 30 years and every president of MCG had plans of making a premier "research" and "teaching" institution. The state has funneled millions into the IMMAG, Cancer center, etc. which were all promised to be the jewels in their field of dreams. We ain't gettin' much bang for our buck. You can't tell me this "move" will "save" money. The original lie. This is just like Obama and the ACA-you start with a lie and keep telling lies.

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Little Lamb 11/18/13 - 09:56 am
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Hey, at the timestamp of this post, there is exactly one thumbs down on each of the previous posts. Dr. Azziz must have read this editorial on line. I wonder what his screen name is?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 11/18/13 - 11:58 am
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Isn't it a little soon?

How is the satellite medical school campus going in Athens? Don't you think it would be better to actually graduate a doctor there before you start looking someplace else to start a satellite medical school?

And starting a satellite medical school in the same area as a renowned private medical school is merely mindless competition.

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But as mindless as the Atlanta campus idea is, it is more logical than trying to turn the Canal Mills into part of the university. Let's face it, there are two old and giant buildings on the Canal. One is a white elephant and the other is an albatross. Azziz and Grooo do not know what to do with them.

They are too big to be single use. Too big for dorms, too big for classrooms, too big for a student activity center, too big for a library.

And to remodel them to make them energy efficient, bright, airy, modern would cost over a hundred million dollars.

Where would the students and faculty park?

And whatever you move to the "Mills Campus" would merely create one or more empty buildings on the Hill.

It would be reckless for Grooo to pacify our lame-duck mayor by accepting responsibility for those buildings.

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