Azziz weekend wedding raises eyebrows

By: Ryan Houston Email
By: Ryan Houston Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock / Tuesday, April 23, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Questions arise after a weekend wedding hosted by GRU President Dr. Ricardo Azziz. The festivities included the use of a university shuttle bus to transport guests to and from the home.

The Azziz family will pay for using the bus, and it's a service officials say is available for any campus group that asks.

Azziz's state-owned three-story home is what some might call a perfect place for a wedding.

"I don't care if a wedding is on school property, it is not a school function. Students weren't at the wedding," said GRU student Kristina Harper.

Harper is referring to the recent wedding for Azziz's niece, Breanna Breckham, at the president's home. A 20-passenger GRU shuttle bus, four GRU officers and one police car were used in the wedding.

"There's a lot of things that if you used the shuttle would make it easier. A wedding is not a school function," said GRU student Jacob Sharff.

Rules say the GRU president is allowed to have family weddings at his home. School officials told News 12 the shuttle bus can be used for non-sponsored school events on campus for a fee.

"If he really wanted people to have transportation, he could've got a limo," said GRU student Ariel Lagman.

"If you're using a shuttle bus, you are taking advantage of the situation. I think he did that," Harper said.

News 12 obtained invoices that show the school charges GRU Medical Center $36 an hour to transport employees from Kroger to work. Documents also show the school charges other university departments for shuttle use.

"I think all this is well warranted because of all the things he's done since becoming president," Sharff said.

He says students are still sour about the name change, the vanishing ASU logos and now, this wedding debacle.

"It keeps building, and he is only making it worse for himself," Sharff said.

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