Originally created 12/08/00

Hats off to Tedesco 120800 - The Augusta Chronicle



Dr. Francis J. Tedesco has performed tremendous public service to his community and state during a distinguished 12-year tenure as president of the Medical College of Georgia. He retires at the end of this month - 22 years after he came aboard as an associate professor of medicine.

The Medical College of Georgia Foundation Inc. expressed the community's appreciation when it announced last Friday the establishment of the Dr. Francis J. Tedesco Distinguished Chair in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology. The $1 million endowment that funds the 28th endowed chair, created during Tedesco's tenure, will help pay the salary of a childhood cancer specialist.

Tedesco's daughter had leukemia as a child and was treated and cured at the medical college; it was Tedesco's long-time friendship with the former chairman and president of Piggly Wiggly Southern Inc., Gerry Achenbach and his wife, Sara Dean, which led to the endowment.

Consider, too, the phenomenal advances made at the medical college under his leadership:

The foundation's assets have grown tenfold to more than $100 million.

The college's endowment has grown to more than $80 million.

The college's economic impact is estimated to be $1 billion.

Students rank the college first in many areas, including individual faculty attention, according to a recent University System of Georgia survey.

The following new centers have been established during Tedesco's tenure:

Ambulatory Care Specialized Care Center

Interdisciplinary Research Building

Children's Medical Center

Telemedicine Center

Institute of Molecular Medicine and Genetics

Vascular Biology Center

Center for Senior Health

Center for Sports Medicine

A man of integrity, high standards and positive leadership, Tedesco led MCG into the 21st century. Now he sets his sights on conquering new vistas with another cutting-edge enterprise. He'll be running an Atlanta-based Internet start-up company dealing with tele-psychiatry. We know he'll throw all of his considerable talent and energy into the endeavor, and wish him well.