State of the University Address: Augusta University’s president discusses progress and future plans


Training innovators to better serve the community.

“We have one priority, one priority only, and that’s our patients and our students,” said Augusta University President, Dr. Brooks Keel.

Dr. Keel shared the progress and plans for education, research, and health-care. He told NewsChannel 6 reporter, Devin Johnson, the goal is to make AU Georgia’s top destination.

“Our undergraduate students come from all over the state of Georgia and indeed the country,” explained Brooks. “We are doing state of the art research; we have a Children’s Hospital here most people don’t know about.”

Also adding incentives by reducing medical school from four years to three, and tuition at no cost.

“If we could get a large number of students to go into primary care residency here in Georgia for three years,” said Brooks. “And then if they will practice in rural areas of Georgia for six years, then we will try to get them free tuition.”

There is a lot of excitement that is coming to Augusta University. Like transforming the old gravel parking lot, into a math and science building.

“It would put those young undergraduate students that want to go on what to go on to a biomedical or health-related field,” said Keel. “It puts them right in the middle of the white coats as an undergraduate student. We are trying to help them get articulated into the programs, so they understand what’s it going to be a doctor or nurse.”

Augusta University is training more than 9,000 innovators and healthcare providers. By 2030 the campus trying to expand to that number to 16,000.

AU’s president says the school needs help from the community.

“We need Augusta to tell the story,” explained Keel. “We need Augusta to tell their friends and family members what the great things that are going on here.”

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