School bitterness deepens

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So the latest joke I’ve heard is, “What’s the new name for Georgia Regents’ University School of Medicine? Answer: GRUSOM.

Or is it a joke?

Well that, my friends, is the last time you’ll see me use that name. I, for one, refuse to ever refer to the school except as the Medical College of Georgia. I’d be thrilled to see The Augusta Chronicle and other community members do likewise. As a proud graduate of MCG, I was greatly offended by the school president’s handling of the ordeal of renaming the combined MCG and Augusta State University.

I was shocked and saddened when the “Save the A” leaders caved, á la Neville Chamberlain.

We’ve been told that the medical school always will be MCG, but I’ve been to meetings at which faculty members lectured, and their title slides had that new logo, not MCG.

What I find so ironic is the absolutely golden opportunity school President Ricardo Azziz missed – a political move to be envied by the likes of Lyndon Johnson or Bill Clinton. He could have gone from being one of the most despised people in Augusta to one of the most beloved, if he simply gave in, said, “I was mistaken” and gave support to “Save the A.” People here are loving and forgiving, and believe in repentance. But, alas, when he moves on to a more prestigious institution, I doubt very many here will miss him.

Your editorial March 1 spoke of arrogance, cowardice and coercion – not qualities I ever saw in MCG leaders I’ve known in the past. School officials may be able to airbrush away the MCG name, but not the bitterness felt by this community.

Very sad.

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Bizkit 03/05/13 - 07:53 am
Amen brother. Watch alumni

Amen brother. Watch alumni donations to the institution diminish as they diminshed our beloved MCG. You reap what you sow.

Darby 03/05/13 - 12:45 pm
"I was shocked and saddened when the “Save the A”....

leaders caved, á la Neville Chamberlain."

True, Chamberlain gave us "Peace in our time"... Those guys gave us "Azziz in our time.." And for the foreseeable future.

Old Timmer
Old Timmer 03/05/13 - 01:11 pm

Thank you Dr. Salazar for your honesty. The damage done to MCG will never be fully known. They will continue to talk about increased applications, etc. as a smoke screen. As far as morale goes, it is the lowest in the last 25 years. Even the horrendous Steinfeld years things were not this bad.

Sweet son
Sweet son 03/05/13 - 01:16 pm
Hey John!

You have composed a great letter with many great points but Azziz will never admit he did anything wrong or apologize. You can tell that is his character. The only people who might admit that they were wrong would be those on the committee who invited him to ruin "our" health sciences and liberal arts universities! Also if the committee members are currently on the payroll at Azziz university they wouldn't say anything because everyone down there is scared of him. I would hate to think that I was the president of a university and that many of those under me are only loyal with lip service! But of course he doesn't care!

Chigger Hill Man
Chigger Hill Man 03/06/13 - 01:44 pm
Sweet Son

Your post sounds a lot like our president, huh?

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