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Search committee to find Azziz replacement named

Posted: February 15, 2015 - 12:11am

Regent Jim Hull, of Augusta, will lead the search committee to find the next president of Georgia Regents University, the University System of Georgia announced Tuesday.

Among the many community members who will be part of the search committee is University Hospital CEO Jim Davis, whose health care system is discussing potential partnerships with Georgia Regents Health System, according to the news release.

University system Board of Regents Chairman Neil Pruitt announced the committee will conduct a national search to replace GRU President Ricardo Azziz, who announced his resignation Jan. 15 and will step down June 30 to take a one-year education leave. Parker Executive Search of Atlanta will assist the committee, which is expected to send three to five candidates to the regents.

“Our goal is to name the next president of Georgia Regents Uni­versity this summer,” Pruitt said in a statement.

The committee includes faculty and staff members, and, in addition to Davis, members of the Augusta community, including:

• Braye Boardman, the owner of Beacon Blue real estate development and management company;

• Don Grantham, a member of the State Transportation Board and a former Augusta Commission member;

• Phil Wahl, the president of First Community Bank.

In addition to Hull and Pruitt, regents on the search committee are Augusta native Kessel Stelling Jr., Dr. C. Thomas Hopkins, Donald M. Leebern Jr., Benjamin J. Tarbutton III and Don L. Waters.

Among those representing GRU are:

• Michael Banks, the president of the Student Government Association;

• Dr. Michael Diamond, the interim senior vice president of research;

• Dr. Sandra Freeman, professor emeritus and chairwoman of the board of Medical College of
Georgia Foundation;

• Dr. Joseph “Andy” Hauger, professor of physics;

• Dr. Elizabeth Hogan, assistant professor of psychiatry and chairwoman-elect of the GRU University Senate;

• Dr. Edgar Johnson, professor of communications;

• Dr. Lester Pretlow, the associate dean in the College of Allied Health Sciences;

• Ashlyn Reese, the vice chairwoman of the Employee Advisory Council;

• Michael Shaffer, the vice president for government relations;

• Dr. Catherine Slade, associate professor in the Hull College of Business.

“Georgia Regents Univer­sity plays a critical role in the community and in the economy of Augusta and the entire state,” Hull said in a statement. “We appreciate the responsibility we have been charged with in the search for the best candidate to help fulfill the full potential of Georgia Regents University.”

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