For the second consecutive year, Dr. Ricardo Azziz, President of Georgia Health Sciences University and CEO of Georgia Health Sciences Health System, has been named one of Georgia Trend magazine's 100 Most Influential Georgians.
The 14th edition of "Georgia's Power List" is published in the January 2012 edition of the magazine, which covers Georgia business, politics and economic development. It's also available online at http://www.georgiatrend.com/January-2012/Georgias-Power-List/
"It's quite an honor to be chosen. There are some really heavy hitters in this group, including Fortune 500 CEOs and our Governor, and I am humbled to be included among them again," Azziz said.
Azziz, 53, became the eighth President of GHSU, formerly the Medical College of Georgia, in 2010. Georgia Trend credits Azziz for leading GHSU in Transformation 2020, a strategic growth plan, and for his progress in advancing the academic health center’s reputation as a world-class organization that delivers excellence in biomedical education, research and clinical services.
Mayor Deke Copenhaver is the only other Augustan to make the list.
"Individuals on the list are selected for the power and influence they wield. These are the people who affect the lives and livelihood of all Georgians in one way or another," according to the magazine.