Board of Regents supports MCG expansion

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January 21, 2008

ATLANTA, Ga.---Georgia's Board of Regents has accepted a plan to expand the Medical College of Georgia. This came after a conference call among the regents.

It also comes just before crucial budget hearings on MCG in the Georgia legislature.

Chancellor Erroll Davis says the action means regents are sending a signal to lawmakers they are firmly behind expansion plans.

Some Augusta-area lawmakers have expressed doubts, especially about plans for an MCG campus in Athens. That could require $10,000,000 or more in startup costs.

The report accepted by the regents calls for the Augusta campus to increase enrollment from 745 to 900. The Athens campus would have up to 240 students.

According to the plan, the state would also need new medical research
buildings in Augusta and Athens by 2015.

Regents, and the consultants hired by the board, say Georgia faces a shortage of doctors.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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