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The Best Time to Merge: Before ‘No One Wants You’


For Ricardo Azziz, preparing a manual on how to merge two academic institutions began in 2012 when he and several other campus leaders in Georgia were asked to manage a series of consolidations and, he says, “we all looked around for our resources and our how-to manual, and we found none.”

“That’s what prompted us, once the dust settled, and we had learned lots of lessons — some of them the hard way — to write the book,” says Azziz, a research professor of health policy, management, and behavior at the University at Albany, part of the State University of New York, who will also become chief executive of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine in January


Ricardo Azziz, MD, MPH, MBA

A educator-scientist-executive with over 20 years of leadership experience in higher education, research, and healthcare, Dr. Azziz currently serves as Regents’ Professor, Augusta University; Senior Fellow, American Association of State Colleges & Universities; Visiting Scholar, Pullias Center for Higher Education, University of Southern California; and former founding CEO, Georgia Regents Health System.