***UPDATED at 5:22 P.M. on Tuesday, April 23rd***
Georgia Regents University (GRU) President Dr. Ricardo Azziz is facing a lot of backlash after using a state-owned bus to shuttle wedding guests of a family member.
A GRU Spokesperson says Dr. Azziz says he plans to reimburse the university for his actions. Officials say Dr. Azziz used the bus to shuttle guests, as well as one marked GRU Police car, for security during a wedding of his niece on April 20th.
There were mixed reactions about the incident from students on campus Tuesday.
“I think that's kinda unnecessary, I mean, I think he has enough money to provide that for himself without having to use school availabilities to do that. I think he's abusing his position in doing that,” says GRU student Gabby Salazar.
“If the public was involved, I mean, why not? It's not really an effect on it. I mean, as long as everything went well and it was a good event, why not?” says GRU student Nada Ismail.
The spokesperson says Dr. Azziz will pay back $396 for the use of the bus and $20 for the use of the police car.
***POSTED at 11:48 A.M. on Tuesday, April 23rd***
Georgia Regents University President Ricardo Azziz will reimburse the University for using a state-owned bus to shuttle guests of a wedding to and from his home over the weekend, according to a GRU spokesperson.
Christen Carter, a spokesperson for GRU, said Azziz used the bus to shuttle guests, as well as one marked University police car for security during the wedding of his niece on April 20th. She said Azziz will pay back $396 for the use of the bus and $20 for the use of the police car.
“It is important to note that the President's Home is a personal residence and the University President is required, by his employment, to live in university housing. Personal business is translated to official business under this particular housing arrangement i.e. the President's family living in the home,” Carter wrote in an e-mail.