Dr. Azziz: 'No significant plan' for layoffs in GHSU/ASU merger

GHSU/ASU merger

GSHU President Dr. Ricardo Azziz says there are no definite plans for cutting jobs during the university consolidation. (WRDW-TV / Jan. 12, 2012)

News 12 First at Five / Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga.-- Students, faculty and staff got their opportunity to speak out on the new Augusta State and Georgia Health Sciences University merger Thursday.

Several workers with Augusta State University's physical plant gathered for a town hall on the recently approved merger for Georgia Health Sciences University.

"Just making sure that when they consolidate these jobs that jobs are not going to be cut out," said worker Donald Miller.

We pushed for answers on where any possible cuts might be targeted.

"It's hard to predict anything," said GHSU President Dr. Ricardo Azziz. "We are not planning on any cuts, but clearly it will not be in education and instruction."

Azziz went one step further.

"The true growth potential is really on the ASU campus," Azziz said. "In the basic sciences, in the liberal arts, in the business disciplines, etc."

Those words are of little comfort to workers like Miller.

"I hope everything will work out for the best when they consolidate everything together," he said.

Outgoing ASU president Bill Bloodworth insists leaders will try and protect workers at both institutions.

"What you do often times is not as important as how you do it," Bloodworth said. "We are into the how you do it part right now."


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