As president of the Augusta University Alumni Association, I’m deeply saddened and even angered by the remarks made Friday morning on national television by Keisha Lance Bottoms, mayor of Atlanta.
It is clear that Mayor Bottoms is 1) either unaware that Augusta University is the only public academic medical university in Georgia and one of only four research universities in Georgia, or 2) she is willing to tarnish a university that has existed since 1828 to deflect political criticism surrounding her policies and statements relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. I certainly hope that her comments simply stem from a lack of knowledge about AU.
Our alumni are proud of Augusta University and its legacy institutions including the Medical College of Georgia. We encourage everyone to take COVID-19 seriously and to wear a mask and take other steps to slow the spread of the virus. In fact, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, along with U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams, recently visited Augusta’s Health Sciences Campus to encourage the use of masks.
We implore Mayor Bottoms to take a much closer look at Augusta University’s contributions to the fight against COVID-19 and our medical, dental, and liberal arts programs. I believe she will be enlightened by our great university’s efforts before and during this current global challenge.