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Ricardo Azziz, MD, MPH, MBA is President, Georgia Regents University and CEO, Georgia Regents Health System.

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The Value of Collegiate Athletics: Let's Not Throw the Baby Out with the Bathwater

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 12:28 AM

Recently, disturbing revelations about a number of college athletics programs have shocked the nation. Allegations of fake courses at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, abusive coaching at Rutgers, sexual abuse at Penn State, a multi-million dollar pyramid scheme at the...

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Research and Innovation: The U.S. Risks Getting Left Behind

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 12:05 PM

"Just as energy is the basis of life itself, and ideas the source of innovation, so is innovation the vital spark of all human change, improvement and progress."
- Ted Levitt, Harvard Business School


Human innovation has come in waves throughout history,...

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Finding the Right People: A Challenge in Transforming Industries

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 6:22 PM

There are two mega-trends affecting both higher education and health care: the demand for value and the need for size. (Even more so in institutions like mine, Georgia Regents University and Health System, which, as our state's only public academic health center, straddles both worlds.) And the often transformative responses...

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The Myth of the Rational Health Care Consumer

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 10:24 AM

Economist Uwe Reinhardt recently argued in the The New York Times that medical education is a private vs. a public good, and therefore may not merit federal (or presumably state) funding.

Reinhardt approaches the debate as an interesting theoretical exercise, a matter of correctly applying existing textbook definitions...

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Don't Underestimate the Millennials

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 4:19 PM

What do you think when you hear "millennial generation"?

If you're tuned in to either traditional or new media, the words that come to mind are probably not so good: perhaps self-absorbed, shallow, lazy, in debt, in trouble?

Though there is no single agreed-upon definition, the term millennial generation generally...

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Is Shop Class the Answer?

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 12:59 PM

"College costs too much" -- 127 million hits.

"Is a college education really worth it?" -- 209 million hits.

"Tech school is better than college education" -- 1.1 billion hits.

These recent Google searches and their associated number of results clearly reflect growing concerns and public discussions around the...

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Back to the Future: Why Is the Diversity of University Leadership Stuck in the '80s?

(12) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 5:56 PM

In the 1980s, we communicated via landlines and snail mail, we enjoyed our music on Walkmans and boomboxes, and we read books using... well, books. Much has changed in the past 30 years.

Yet if you put a university president from 1986 next to a university president of today, you...

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The Trust Equation: A Critical Element for Building a High-Performing Team

(2) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 5:19 PM

"The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them."
― Ernest Hemingway

Building the right team is one of the key requirements for any administration to be successful; while great and visionary leaders can point the way, only great leadership teams can...

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A Looming Challenge in Higher Education: Our Changing Student

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 11:53 AM

What comes to mind when you hear "college student"? If you're like most Americans, you probably picture a young, more-than-likely white, high school graduate somewhere between 18 and 21 years old, attending a four-year institution full time, and living in a dorm somewhere on campus.

Popular culture and the media...

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The Great Debate: Is College Still Worth It?

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2014 | 4:22 PM

Do a simple Google News search on "higher education" and chances are you'll get a lot of hits -- stories about how expensive it is, how much debt students are accumulating, whether college graduates are faring any better in tough economic times than anyone else, whether a college education really...

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Don't Leave History in the Past

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 10:00 AM

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,"
Reason in Common Sense, in The Life of Reason: Vol. 1.

George Santayana (1863-1952)

Today's students learn their crafts in state-of-the-art facilities with cutting-edge, often high-tech equipment. They conduct research to drive the debates of tomorrow, to...

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A Call to Arms: Academe Must Meet Demands of Downsizing Military

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 12:40 PM

The coming years will mark a major shift in the role of the higher education community in educating active-duty military personnel and veterans. According to White House predictions, more than one million service members will be discharged or retire from the military by 2016. They'll enter one of the most...

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In Search of Thoughtful People: Educating for Thoughtfulness

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2013 | 11:01 AM

"A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is a visible labor and there is an invisible labor. To meditate is to labor; to think is to act." -- Victor Hugo
(1802 -1855) Les Miserables, Book 7, Chapter 8

As we face the challenges of...

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Consolidation in Higher Education: Thoughts From the Trenches

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2013 | 11:21 AM

Earlier this year, Moody's Investors Service released its annual assessment of higher education in the United States, a report that viewed the sector's short-term outlook as largely negative amid growing economic pressures. The analysts, however, applauded the efforts of a few states that were trying to merge or consolidate campuses...

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Keeping Up Our Guard Against Terrorism -- and Its Corrupting Impact On Our Collective and Individual Psyche

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2013 | 5:52 PM

It has been less than 100 days since the tragedy of the Boston Marathon bombings, and the senseless deaths and maimings, which continue to remind us of the ease with which massive destruction can be made to occur -- suddenly and without warning. And how deeply and almost uncontrollably it...

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Too Fast, Too Slow: The Challenge of Keeping Pace in Managing Change

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 6:58 PM

One of the critical, and possibly fundamental, roles of leadership is managing change. Leadership is about guiding your team forward through a shifting environment. And determining the pace of transformation is one of the key ingredients of managing change.

Many organizations often judge the pace at which they do...

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Competitors and Competitiveness

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2013 | 12:52 PM

As leaders we often hear that competitors are "taking" our market share, that our competitors are stealing our clients or customers, that our competitors are undermining our ability to be this or that... to do this or that. More often than not we fear or even loathe our competition. In...

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Retaining Great Employees

(5) Comments | Posted April 22, 2013 | 4:58 PM

I previously wrote about recruiting new talent in order to ensure a strong and vibrant work force. The vital next step is retaining excellent employees once you have them on board.

Building a team is one of the principal roles and goals of leadership. This means, to a great...

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The Critical Art of Storytelling

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2013 | 6:59 PM

Leading is about story-telling...

The English writer A.S. Byatt, whose novel Possession won the esteemed Booker Prize in 1990, observed in a piece titled Narrate or Die that "narration is as much a part of human nature as breath and the circulation of the blood." Indeed, as human beings we...

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The Resignation of the Pope: Knowing When It's Time to Take a Different Role

(2) Comments | Posted March 14, 2013 | 12:45 PM

I just celebrated my birthday: the fête of a 32-year-old man trapped in a 55-year-old body. While not officially considered 'older' in our society, my 'golden' years are rapidly approaching. And while I am heartened by the number of older individuals remaining in the workforce (fueled in equal parts by...

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