He has been at the center of a firestorm surrounding two major local institutions. Augusta State University and Georgia Health Sciences University will soon merge, but many people are not happy about the new name.
Songs have been written about him. Signs bearing his name have been defaced. Signs line Azziz's neighborhood in support of including Augusta in the name of the "New U." It is a true grassroots movement.
There was a very low turnout at the Wednesday meeting, with less than a dozen parents showing up at the school. Some argue that's because no one knew about it, others say it's being blown out of proportion.
Lamar-Milledge Elementary is just a few months into the school year in its new building. It's something they've been anticipating for a while and they say the positive impact it's having in the community is visible.
Haley says she's still working out details of a new funding system, but says it will focus factors like how many students get jobs after they graduate or what percentage of the student body is from in-state.