MCG pushes new name, closure of major street

By: Chris Thomas Email
By: Chris Thomas Email
Ricardo Azziz

Medical College of Georgia President Dr. Ricardo Azziz wants to rename the school to better reflect the breadth of its health sciences studies. (September 7, 2010 / WRDW-TV)

News 12 at 11 o'clock, Tuesday, September 7, 2010

AUGUSTA,Ga---MCG president Dr. Ricardo Azziz wants to rename the university and close off at least one major street.

He made that pitch to the Augusta commission on Tuesday. Dr. Azziz wants the city to close off Laney Walker between 13th Street and 15th Street.

He also says he'd like to see the school take on a name that better reflects the university's growth into more than just a medical school.

"We need to recognize that our brand name isn't always as recognizable as we would like it to be," said Dr. Azziz. "We need to recognize that our campus doesn't appear to look like a campus to most individuals. We have roads going through the middle of it. We have danger to our students. As we now open a new dental school there are going to be 600 students going through Laney Walker. That is danger that we intend to correct."

The dental school construction is expected to finish in June 2011. This recent announcement comes as part of the university's 5 year master plan. One new name making the rounds instead of MCG is Georgia's Health Sciences University.


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  • by Gwendolyn Kelly Location: Aiken on Dec 15, 2010 at 09:24 PM
    At least Ricardo Aziz remembers where he came from, unlike the NAACP and the City of Augusta. He remembers when the U.S. went to Mexico and forced the poor out by taking over all the businesses and land. He remembers how his people were homeless and borders were built to stop them from crossing into the territory his ancestors once lived on and built up. Congrats President Aziz for doing it to them the way the U.S. did it to the Mexicans!!!.
  • by ty Location: augusta on Sep 14, 2010 at 02:35 AM
    to MCG RENTER COP please spare me the bruises easy EGO. Not frm Gilbert Manor-very much educated to where my points abt MCG was vaild enough to open ur mouth.the fact u said somthing that brings the point if they are allowed to the close that section of street--what will happen to all the renter cops.less traffic will mean less harassment by MCG Cops...But not to give much air to ur comment...Back to MCG again I am amazed at the gull of these nw President....closin off that section of Laney Wlk will surely put traffic congestion around the whole med. faculties particularly the back steet where Bth hospitals ER is located. Closin that part of street will make ER areas the short cut thru..I mean Mr Renter cop do u not agree.if the best interest is 4 student safety and then what abt the best interest of the surrounding hospitals and communities'MCG REALLY NEED TO GET OFF HIGH HORSE.U are ready lie to Augusta abt the satellite school athens, u still have not replied nor repaid loan-AMAZIN!
  • by TK3 on Sep 9, 2010 at 09:59 AM
    Dear Mike; You can build walls around the place if you want but you will loose your customers$.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 9, 2010 at 04:49 AM
    closing Laney Walker - cutting off access to the newly built Cancer Hospital. Those patients have enough problems now you want them to 'walk' 2-3 miles to get their chemo too?? Keep that up and you won't have to worry about MCG at all! Restricting patient access to the facilities will definitely negate the need for students, staff, faculty and even Dr. Azziz's safety.
  • by MCG RENTER COP on Sep 8, 2010 at 06:30 PM
    To ty please use spell check when you are trying to make a point. You spelling skills are that from the old Gilbert Manor or an uneducated person.
  • by Mike Location: Augusta on Sep 8, 2010 at 05:12 PM
    I see both of these requests as being very feasable. As an MCG employee and local citizen these changes will not only reflect our entire focus regarding education,but also help both our students and patients by allowing all to move around the campus with less worry from traffic, as many know, we have had both employees and students struck down in crosswalks over the last several years. For those questioning the return from these decisions, remember that MCG has a huge impact on the local economy and as we grow at MCG the impact will continue to grow as well. So let's use some common sense and work with the new president in promoting the University and helping to provide a more functional and safe campus for all.
  • by TK3 on Sep 8, 2010 at 05:09 PM
    To the government, big tax revenue talks and the little taxpayers do the walk...same old..same old.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 8, 2010 at 03:30 PM
    Changing the name of MCG to more accurately reflect all the schools is actually a good idea. South Carolina did this years ago when they switched from MCSC to MUSC. Changing the name of Augusta College to Augusta State University has been a positive for the school and I am sure a name change at MCG will be positive as well. Also closing Laney Walker Blvd to vehicular traffic between 13th and 15th Streets and uniting the campus is a great idea.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 8, 2010 at 06:58 AM
    How much is this going to cost? This guy is out of touch.
  • by Jorge on Sep 8, 2010 at 04:53 AM
    Maybe we should call Augusta Azzizville and change the names of all the major landmarks in the city to name them after the members of the board of directors, I'm sure that would make Dr. Azziz very happy. Sheesh.
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