GRU President Dr. Ricardo Azziz could be heading to Texas

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News12 at six o'clock/ March 19, 2014


Augusta,Ga (WRDW)-----GRU-Augusta President Ricardo Azziz is a candidate for a job as president of another university.
This is the second time in two years Dr. Azziz has been up for another job.

Several media outlets in Texas are reporting Azziz is one of five candidates up for the job as next president at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

GRU students had a lot to say when we told them President Ricardo Azziz could be moving to Texas.

"I don't understand why he would leave now," said Student Melissa Thompson.

"It really doesn't bother me right now," said College Student Mathew Hammond.

We talked to some who weren't ready to shut the door on Dr. Azziz and his legacy.

"I hope he stays, because we're not even asu anymore we are GRU," said Student Terrill Mccullm.

Dr. Ricardo Azziz is one of five candidates up for the job as president of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. We're told three texas universities in separate counties are merging into one school. It's sort of similar to how MCG and ASU became one as GRU.

"I think it shows that he's behind the changes that he made. I feel like you should finish the job that you start," said

This is the second time in less than two years Dr. Ricardo Azziz has been up for a different job. In 2012, he was considered for the president's job at the University of Florida and
now a Texas University is calling.

"He kind of screw things up promised us one thing and did something else under the table. He'll probably do the same thing to them as well," said Hammond.

Until a decision is made Dr. Azziz is still the top man in charge at GRU-Augusta.

The University System of Texas is being tight lipped about the details.
We do know that a search committee was put together and the whole process took about 9 months.

The USG Board of Regents wouldn't comment on any of the details about what Dr. Azziz would have to do to leave.
A spokesperson would only talk in general terms.

They say if a university president leaves an interim could be appointed. The search process for a replacement begins.
It could take up to a year which all depends on individual circumstances.

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