Mayor Copenhaver enjoy an influential status outside Augusta, Georgia, while trying to keep the commissioners well behave during meetings and avoiding controversial issues.
AUGUSTA, Ga., Jan. 3, 2012 – Mayor Deke Copenhaver joins Dr. Ricardo Azziz as one of Georgia Trend’s 2012 100 Most Influential Georgians.
“It is always an honor to be recognized by Georgia Trend on this annual list,” comments Mayor Copenhaver. “I’ve long stated that Augusta is getting a great deal of positive attention at the state level and I believe this recognition is a credit to our entire city as we continue to move forward on many innovative initiatives. I would like to congratulate Dr. Azziz for making the list as well as his work at GHSU has been outstanding.”
Mayor of Augusta
Copenhaver was re-cognized nationally in 2011 as one of 20 change makers in city design by the American Architectural Foundation and invited to participate in a city-design leadership forum in Washington, D.C. Recognized for his work in community redevelopment and creation of new public spaces in Augusta, he was the only elected official to be invited.
Dr. Ricardo Azziz
President, Georgia Health Sciences University
CEO, Georgia Health Sciences Health System
Azziz, who took the helm at GHSU in 2010, is leading the organization in a strategic 10-year growth plan called Transformation 2020. The goal is to remake GHSU into an integrated, world-class organization delivering excellence in biomedical education, research and clinical service. The next two years will be crucial as GHSU devises strategy and deals with national healthcare reform (Affordable Care Act of 2010.)