Azziz's arrogance is galling

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Looking beyond the name “Georgia Regents University” for the combined Augusta State University and Georgia Health Sciences University; the expensive study for a name; and even the manipulated Board of Regents, it’s the arrogance of GHSU President Ricardo Azziz ever since he stepped foot in the city.

I have read Azziz’s résumé, and he does have a very credible background in research, but nothing that notable in administration. He has been very immersed in several politically liberal institutions; e.g., UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine and appointments by then-California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

I see Azziz as a man looking for a place to make a name for himself while also being able to run roughshod over the villagers. After the glitz of the Left Coast and Los Angeles, I am sure he saw Augusta as a sleepy little town he could take over with little resistance and rule, with little regard for the villagers whom he has treated with disdain.

He has manipulated the Board of Regents and put a boot at the throat of a local government that is groveling for the extra pennies that might come to town. There’s plenty of blame to heap on his shoulders, but shame on the Georgians who rolled over and let this man have his will in spite of knowing deep down it ran against the grain of every one of us.

I’m not even an alumnus, so my voice has less weight than most around here, but I will have my own small protest and push back. I will forever refer to the school as University of Augusta. I would love to see your newspaper do the same.

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shootamonkey
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shootamonkey 09/11/12 - 08:27 am
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How can we get rid of Azziz?
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How can we get rid of Azziz?

seenitB4
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seenitB4 09/11/12 - 08:29 am
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Greener some place

Maybe greener pastures awaits him...somewhere---soon.

CryoCyberTronics
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CryoCyberTronics 09/11/12 - 11:23 am
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What's Needed For GRU To Be A Top Fifty Medical University.

Let it be known that Dr Aizziz was yard short of a full load of crap in his conquest to take over everything that the Augusta-Richmond citizens forefathers set in motion for the medical care of Richmond County and Augusta area Communities. There was no doubt that in Dr Aizziz master plans included the taking over of Augusta's University Hospital... By means of merger, partnership, or an outright tale over with the help of Gov. Nathan Deal some how. If that were to happen by some how in Dr Aizziz got his way. It would not be long befor Augusta feel the grip of Atlanta with all of its Buget cuts after bugets cuts in order to keep the state capital city not only going, but to keep the capital city growing faster than every city in the state put tougher.

OnTheHill1
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OnTheHill1 09/11/12 - 11:26 am
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Morale is not the President's Responsibility?

At the September 7th GHSU Forum a questioner observed that "Morale is at an all time low at this institution" - Azziz answers, “Faculty morale has to be handled, obviously, unit by unit. It’s fine for the President to speak, and as you said, say nice things about the vision, but at the end of the day, the leaders of those units, the chairman or the Deans if it’s faculty or the managers in the units have to address this. Because it is important our people remain not just employed but also remain happy about their present and their future”. He later reinforced this opinion, saying: “Let me just be very clear. Faculty, researcher and staff morale are not something the President, CEO, the Provost, the EVPs can really change. They can change some system issues, they can advocate for you, they can fight, they can try to find issues in the budget."

What management instruction did Azziz receive? Steve Jobs of Apple, Jack Welch of GE, Lee Iacocca of Chrysler, Jeff Bezos of Amazon, the President of the United States, the list could go on and on. These leaders set the tone of the organization; they do not delegate to their subordinates. By their actions they empower their subordinates to carry their message forward. Azziz's statements reveal his deplorable ignorance of a leader's role and are so out of the mainstream to be laughable, but I'm not laughing and neither is the rest of Augusta.

Perhaps research where he is out of contact with subordinates would be a better place for him, as the editorial observes.

OnTheHill1
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OnTheHill1 09/11/12 - 11:29 am
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A 98% Management (Fat Cat) Turnover!

At the September 7th GHSU Forum, a questioner observed, "we see top administrators being hired, the fat cats are getting fatter" - Azziz answers in part, "the reason that you've seen what appears to be a lot of recruitment is you have to remember we have had an almost 98% turnover in administration across the entire enterprise..."

This fact seems to reinforce either voluntary or involuntary terminations or demotions from Azziz's morale reducing management style. Were there so many existing administrators that were so poor that nearly a 100% turnover is required?

Management talent?

OnTheHill1
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OnTheHill1 09/11/12 - 11:31 am
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A Clumsy Masters Analogy

At the September 7th ASU Forum, Azziz's clumsy Masters Analogy - At a time where one of the major arguments for having "Augusta" in the new name is the Masters Tournament, why would anybody raise the Augusta National name change in the 1930s as an argument for not having "Augusta" in the New U name. Azziz said, "In 1933 the Augusta National Golf Club decided they were going to start a tournament which would begin in 1934 which would be called the Augusta National Golf Tournament. In 1937, 1939 they actually decided to change the name to the Masters Tournament..."

The community response was predictable; the Masters is synonomous with Augusta, the terms used interchangeably by the press, patrons and players. This clumsy analogy, probably given to him by a hapless staffer (because the attempt fell so flat) illustrates his complete unattachment with the area.

OnTheHill1
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OnTheHill1 09/11/12 - 11:35 am
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Stage Floor Boards Can Be Repaired

The ASU maintenance department reports the stage floor boards at the Maxwell Performing Arts Center can be repaired for a nominal sum (the equivalent of 2 raises) from Azziz stomping out after the close of the ASU forum. Unlike in August, he didn't stick around after the forum to chit chat, Kenny did. He was clearly mad from the comments and questions (what right does anybody have to question the "never-make-a-mistake" king) from Catherine Rutland, Brian Killips, David Steele and others. He almost yelled out to the croud that ASU enrollment was up 11% and transfers 4%. I wish David had voiced his comments and question, 'Dr. Azziz, have you ever made a mistake", earlier as it would have tempered his answers from then on. As it was he ignored David.

Nothing was accomplished as talking to Azziz is like talking to a brick wall, but with every utterance he reveals his flawed character more. Perhaps his lack of empathy, hotness under fire, poor listening skills and abusive employee management will attract the attention of Governor Nathan Deal. Word has it that Deal loves Azziz, which is why he is not stepping in to even comment on the egregious process by which the name was chosen.

I had been waiting for an appropriate article to make my observations known on my viewing the September 7th forums at GHSU and ASU known, the last 3 posts and this one. This letter on arrogance seemed an appropriate topic.

Conservative Man
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Conservative Man 09/11/12 - 05:22 pm
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Azziz, not the only one..

There is more than enough arrogance to go around in Augusta, Two other names immediately come to mind: Fred Russell and Margaret Woodard....They, along with Dr. Azziz should be sent packing as soon as possible...The "rumblings" from some corners is that Fred's days are already numbered. Cool.....Next up is Maggie.....maybe she'll ask for another parking meter study or give away another clock then the Commission will have no choice but to defund her high paid sham of a job and send her on her merry way as well....

SemperParatus
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SemperParatus 09/11/12 - 06:47 pm
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Azziz lacks management experience

After reading the above editorial I pulled up Ricardo's resume and I am blown away that he was even considered for the job of managing MCG. He has virtually no business management experience! He is a medical researcher. Why on earth would the Board of Regents have brought Azziz on board? Well, I might have stumbled upon a plausible reason. I Googled the Georgia Board of Regents and studied the biographies of each of the Regents and the conclusion that I draw from this research is that the board is "ate up with good old boys" that all have served in some elected or appointed office in the state at one time or another and being given a job as a regent appears to come as gifts from the governor for their past "service". Bottom line is that we must continue contacting Nathan Deal and insisting that the name change process be stopped and that he reassess his views on Azziz. The ball is in our court! Deal will be up for re-election in just a couple of years. Lets use this to our advantage and fight back!

nothin2show4it
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nothin2show4it 09/11/12 - 08:17 pm
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I predict that Azziz won't be here very long and that this will be Deke's last term in office.

Butterbean
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Butterbean 09/12/12 - 09:44 am
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All I can say is what Peter

All I can say is what Peter Drucker said: "Management is doing things right. Leadership is doing the right things." I believe we are lacking on both of these issues in this name change decision.

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