This from GRU Media Relations:
Statement from GRU on University of Las Vegas, Nevada presidential search
AUGUSTA, Ga. – The successes of the ongoing transformation of Georgia Regents University into the next great American University have drawn nationwide attention from others who are looking for ways to re-imagine their own institutions. In leading this effort, Dr. Ricardo Azziz has become a prominent voice in the broader national conversation around the future of higher education as he has shared the challenges and opportunities of the GRU experiences. Universities and health care organizations looking for transformational leadership have approached Azziz on a number of occasions, suggesting that he consider bringing his experience to leadership positions in their organizations.
Today the University of Nevada at Las Vegas named Azziz as one of three finalists in their search for the next University of Nevada at Las Vegas president. He will be visiting the UNLV campus during the week of November 10 to participate in a number of campus and community forums and meetings with the search committee.
UNLV is an urban research university in the midst of implementing a strategic vision that includes achieving the Carnegie Foundation’s classification as a Research Universities with very high research activity and the top tier of American universities. A key part of that strategy is the accelerated growth of research, improved student success, and the creation of a medical school.
Both GRU and UNLV are committed to improving access to educational opportunities and enhancing the research agenda of higher education, particularly in the health sciences. It is this commonality of purpose that has given rise to the current opportunity at UNLV. As he engages in a dialogue with a sister institution about their future direction, Azziz remains fully committed to the ongoing vision and rich future of GRU.