Timing is important when rolling out bad news. Let’s just say Augusta University’s timing may be a little tone deaf at the moment.
Last week the school parted ways with Augusta University Medical Center CEO Lee Ann Liska, announcing she was leaving “effective immediately” and alluding to financial improprieties.
Augusta University President Brooks Keel stated “We’re not in a position to really discuss personnel matters.”
“It wouldn’t be fair to individuals. It wouldn’t be fair to the institution.”
Moments earlier, Keel had tossed Liska under the bus. “We have an obligation not only to carry out our mission, but to carry out our mission in a fiscally responsible manner,” Keel said during an assembly at the AU Medical Center addressing Liska’s departure.
With a media relations team over 40 strong, one would think Augusta University would lay low for a few weeks and busy themselves spreading good news around. Not so.
In a letter released today, the University announced it is closing the daycare which operates for children of Augusta University faculty, staff and students.
In a letter to parents released Wednesday, AU EVP of Operations, Dr. Karla Leeper, says the facility will close on Aug. 16, 2019 claiming it has been losing money for years.
The daycare center was temporarily closed last August due to a rodent infestation, leading to the firing of the Daycare Director.
So another huge payout appears to be on the way for Augusta University to Liska, while faculty and students must now scramble to find daycare for their children.
tiMing. TIming. TimING.