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All eyes still watching GRU: a presidential address

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AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

All eyes are still focused on GRU President Dr. Ricardo Azziz. He gave his presidential address on Tuesday following the first 100 days since consolidation.

The auditorium was packed with standing room only, people were eager to hear what Dr. Azziz had to say; recapping the progress the university has made.

"In our first one hundred days, the Board of Regents approved four new bachelor degree programs that we launched this fall," said Dr. Azziz.

In addition to campus expansion, an integrated health system, and a growing athletics program, he couldn't dismiss all of the recent controversies which seemed to be the elephant in the room.

"President Woodrow Wilson who spent the majority of his childhood in Augusta where his father was a minister at the First Presbyterian Church reminded us if we want to make enemies try making changes," said Dr. Azziz.

The message Dr. Azziz wanted to get across in his speech was that despite all of the struggles and frustrations that have come from this merger, he hopes that people are still able to see all the accomplishments that have come from such a drastic change.

"I am very proud of the team; they have done a tremendous amount of work during that period of time," said Dr. Azziz.

Work that has brought about controversy and mixed emotions; however most people left very pleased.

"Well I am real excited about what is going to happen in the future," said GRU Professor Wayne Deas.

"Any change is not easy," said Mayor Deke Copenhaver. "In particularly, as the president said, there's no playbook in consolidating two universities so it's not easy but a lot has been done over the past 100 days."

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