Thursday, April 17, 2014

Georgia Regents Health System appoints new board members

AUGUSTA, Ga. – University System of Georgia Regents George Hooks and Don L. Waters have been appointed to serve on the Board of Directors for Georgia Regents Health System.

“We are honored to have Regents Hooks and Waters join this group of esteemed leaders. Each brings a unique blend of business knowledge and experience, and we look forward to their contributions and counsel in the years ahead,” said Ricardo Azziz, CEO of Georgia Regents Health System.

Hooks, a former state senator was appointed to the Board of Regents by Gov. Nathan Deal in January.  A sixth-generation native of Sumter County, he  is owner of The Hooks Company, an insurance and real estate firm in Americus, Ga.

While in office, he served as Dean of the Senate and on the committees for Economic Development; Ethics; Rules; Natural Resources; Environment; and Appropriations. He also served on the OneGeorgia Authority Oversight Committee. Hooks earned a bachelor’s degree from Auburn University and an honorary doctor of law degree from Mercer University.

Waters, also appointed by Gov. Deal to the Board of Regents, is Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Brasseler USA, Inc., an international manufacturer of dental and medical surgical instrumentation. Previously, he was a Partner with Price Waterhouse & Co. where he worked as a Certified Public Accountant, and a Partner with Hunter Maclean where he worked as an attorney.

A native of Savannah, Waters serves as Chairman of Union Mission, Inc., and the Chatham County Hospital Authority. He serves on the boards of the New York University School of Dentistry, and the University of California, Los Angeles College of Dentistry. Waters earned a B.B.A. in accounting from Armstrong State College and a law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law.

GRU was formed in January through the consolidation of Augusta State University and Georgia Health Sciences University (formerly the Medical College of Georgia). Georgia Regents Health System is the clinical enterprise associated with the university.

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