MCG's Rahn expected to take similar post at Arkansas school

Friday, March 20, 2009 9:12 AM
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ATLANTA -- Dr. Dan Rahn, president of the Medical College of Georgia, is leaving to take a position in Arkansas that he had been a finalist for, according to Sen. Ed Tarver, D-Augusta.

Mr. Tarver told his colleagues in the Augusta delegation this morning that he learned the news in a conversation he had last night with the chancellor of the University System of Georgia that governs MCG. A formal announcement is expected later today.

Dr. Rahn will remain in his post until October, seeing his daughter through a planned wedding, according to the senator. The timetable will prevent the need for an interim president to be appointed since it gives a search committee time to find a permanent replacement, Mr. Tarver said.

The Arkansas school is slightly bigger than MCG, with a little more research funding and more employees.

Last month, Dr. Rahn -- MCG president since 2001 -- said he was one of four finalists for the post.

"I was contacted and asked to take a preliminary look," he told The Chronicle. "And based upon what I saw, I'm impressed with the institution and I agreed to be a candidate."

The position is actually chancellor of the school, but it is the equivalent of a school president who reports to the president of the system. The current chancellor, I. Dodd Wilson, retires June 30.

Dr. Rahn insisted in February he was not unhappy with MCG.

"This is not about something wrong at MCG," he said. "I've always said that I'm very proud of MCG -- and I am -- and to have the role that I have."

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jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 03/20/09 - 08:42 am
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Congrats Dr. Rahn I remember

Congrats Dr. Rahn I remember when you first came on campus, good luck.

SuperG151
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SuperG151 03/20/09 - 08:46 am
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Why is it that MCG employees

Why is it that MCG employees find out second hand? What about MCGs media relations?

Why ME
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Why ME 03/20/09 - 08:51 am
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Sorry AC, WRDW broke this 12+

Sorry AC, WRDW broke this 12+ hours ago.

embrace change
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embrace change 03/20/09 - 08:54 am
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Congratulations Dr. Rahn!

Congratulations Dr. Rahn! UAMS will be lucky to have you! You will be greatly missed.

iletuknow
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iletuknow 03/20/09 - 09:29 am
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Good riddance to this slick

Good riddance to this slick con man. Did the story of fleecing the Augusta taxpayers impress the Arkansas crowd?

themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 03/20/09 - 10:07 am
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Well, I don't claim to be a

Well, I don't claim to be a psychic, but I think I predicted this in my February posting on this matter. MCG is supposedly entering a period of intensive growth, so obviously there are things that we the public do not know about what is truly going on at MCG. I will now go out on a limb and predict that in the next decade, we will see Augusta become the satellite campus for MCG, as all administrative and legislative functions of the school will be moved to Athens.

message
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message 03/20/09 - 11:07 am
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Good, now we are waiting on

Good, now we are waiting on former Mayor Bob Young to take flight.

J.W.
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J.W. 03/20/09 - 11:17 am
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Hey Dr. Dan....If you need

Hey Dr. Dan....If you need any help packing the truck, let me know. I think I could get a large number of volunteers. I'll call Arkansas and warn them you're coming. Happy Trails!

Bizarro
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Bizarro 03/20/09 - 11:50 am
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Yep Jackfruit, I remember

Yep Jackfruit, I remember when Rahn was Fran's yes man then the move to prez. What is going on over at MCG I note hundreds of positions posted (M.D.s and PhDs) and the majority didn't appear related to the Athens new campus. I noted Steinhart and many others leaving. Is there some mass exodus going on??

mable8
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mable8 03/20/09 - 12:20 pm
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Goodbye Dr Rahn; I hope your

Goodbye Dr Rahn; I hope your replacement will not be as bigoted as you have been towards the poor and mentally challenged.

hockeymann
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hockeymann 03/20/09 - 02:31 pm
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Good riddance, Rahn. Slip out

Good riddance, Rahn. Slip out the back door, which is the way you usually did business...Arkansas, watch your wallets!

jackrabbit5491
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jackrabbit5491 03/20/09 - 06:09 pm
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The meteor seen over Augusta

The meteor seen over Augusta & the MCG power failure this morning should be considered an omen associated with Dr Rahn's acceptance of the position in Little Rock.

toppergem
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toppergem 03/26/09 - 09:44 am
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Arkansas you better watch

Arkansas you better watch out...Augustais sending you a big surprise.

Timtooley
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Timtooley 12/01/09 - 06:12 pm
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SOOOO....Hmm....I suspected

SOOOO....Hmm....I suspected as much. Can anyone please give my any info as to why these comments were posted of him. Living in Little Rock and this might be of interest to my friends that are employed at UAMS

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