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UPDATED ON 6: GRU President Issues Statement On Being Named A Candidate For Texas University's Top Job

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***UPDATED at 3:20 P.M. on Friday, March 21st***


Georgia Regents University president Dr. Ricardo Azziz has issued a statement regarding him being named a finalist for the president position at aa Texas University.

Read the text of Dr. Azziz's statement below:

While I am appreciative to the University of Texas System for their consideration in the search for an inaugural president of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, I have decided not to pursue the opportunity further. It is an honor to be identified with such an esteemed group of leaders and I am confident that the System will select an individual who will create a university that Texans will be proud to call their own.

I am committed to the success of Georgia Regents University and Georgia Regents Health System and will continue to work with state leaders and our university community to cement our place as the nation’s next great American university. I would like to thank the faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members who are working to propel our university forward as we ‘Aspire to Greatness'.


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***UPDATED at 11:05 A.M. on Wednesday, March 19th***

Georgia Regents University has released a statement concerning the naming of the school's president, Dr. Ricardo Azziz, as a finalist for a job as the inaugural president of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

Read the statement below:

“As a national thought leader, Georgia Regents University President Ricardo Azziz is often approached about new leadership opportunities in academia and health care. He is honored to be considered for such leadership posts and remains committed to the success of GRU.”

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***POSTED at 8:28 A.M. on Wednesday, March 19th***

Could the president of Georgia Regents University be leaving his post in Augusta and headed West?

According to TheMonitor.com, Dr. Ricardo Azziz is one of five candidates being considered for a job as inaugural president of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

According to a report in the Monitor, the UT System would not confirm or deny the identities of the candidates.

The article goes on to report criticism from University of Texas-Pan American faculty over the hiring process.
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