I have already written two articles on the Georgia Regents university president Ricardo Azziz, so I will not cover the same information again. You can view the details of his severance package here: Ricardo Azziz To receive One Year Leave and $1.1 Million Severance Package
In this article I would instead like to focus on more interesting questions like why, who, and when. The Augusta Chronicle newspaper has some very savvy commenters below the Azziz article and they independently reached the same conclusions I had drawn.
The first question we need to ask is “why”. Why did Azziz resign? You won’t get an answer from anything Azziz said that is for sure. He gave no believable reason at all nor did Hank Huckaby. Instead he said it was a hard job and he needed a break.That is a very generic answer for such a sudden decision. No doubt a $1.1M severance package while he does practically nothing for a year then gets a lifetime tenure to continue doing little will help him slow down. But it is also possible this was not a sudden decision and had been in the works for quite a while. I wonder what some smart and precise open record requests would reveal?
A commenter on the Augusta article named Riverman1 had this to say: