Dr. Azziz discusses goals, plans for GRU in presidential address

By: Ryan Houston Email
By: Ryan Houston Email
Dr. Ricardo Azziz (WRDW-TV)

Dr. Ricardo Azziz (WRDW-TV)

News 12 First at Five / Tuesday, April 30, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- It's been a little more than 100 days since Augusta State and Georgia Health Sciences University officially became one. Dr. Ricardo Azziz addressed students and staff on Tuesday during his presidential address.

Azziz talked about the university's accomplishments and goals moving forward.

"He talked about a lot of obstacles going forward. I think he has a really good plan moving forward," said GRU student Davey Marana.

Marana is a junior majoring in nursing at GRU. He was one of several students and staff who listened to Dr. Azziz's presidential speech.

"I'm hoping he increases graduation rates. Also I hope he continues increasing our scope throughout the state," Marana said.

Azziz talked about things like construction and new degrees. GRU will also be offering $10,000 presidential scholarships for five incoming freshmen.

"It would be nice to have, but you know, incoming freshmen should have something helping them out as well," Marana said.

"A strong and thriving school will make for a strong and thriving city," said Mayor Deke Copenhaver.

GRU is getting bigger. The president announced ways to retain and gain new students. The school will have more programs for freshmen and find ways to help more students graduate. Some may even call this first 100 days almost a success.

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