Dr. Ricardo Azziz, President of Georgia Health Sciences University (GHSU) and CEO of Georgia Health Sciences Health System, has made a blog post dated February 4, 2012 regarding the consolidation of GHSU and Augusta State University.
The decision by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia will surely test the leadership of both those at Augusta State University and Georgia Health Sciences University. Twenty-five years from now I doubt anyone will credit or fault the Regents' decision based on levels of spending for higher education in Georgia. The consolidations will be judged by whether or not campus administrators and others found synergies in new realities.
From what I can observe as a student the leaders of both insitutions are accepting the new reality as opportunity. I think Dr. Azziz' blog post sets the right tone. He and others worked very hard to implement the institutional name change of GHSU to emphasize the mission of the historic institution. Now he is accepting the leadership challenge of adapting his vision to the new opportunity. The entire field of higher education in the United States is in transition and the need for adaptive leadership is everywhere. I appreciate Dr. Azziz for his leadership and his willingness to share his concerns and hopes through his blog and by other means. This is not just about the metropolitan Augusta area. The implications of this particular decision by the Regents regard the entire state of Georgia and beyond because of the scope of medical education and patient services provided by Georgia Health Sciences University and Georgia Health Sciences Health System.