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$284,000 in work done on Georgia Regents University president’s house without approval

Special to SEGAZINE

A spokesman for the Georgia Board of Regents says the board has not approved any renovation work done at the president’s home at Georgia Regents University in several years.

The Augusta Chronicle reports questions arose about work at the home of President Ricardo Azziz when it was revealed last week that university officials were planning to add a carport costing at least $75,000.

Board of Regents policy says projects other than routine and necessary maintenance should be approved by the chancellor and board.The newspaper used an open records request to find out that roofs have been replaced, exterior walls constructed, heating and air systems replaced and other work done since June 2010 costing about $284,000.

Board spokesman John Millsaps said none of the projects were submitted for approval.

Azziz recently also used a campus shuttle and several off-duty campus police officers during a relative’s wedding he hosted at his home.

University spokesperson Christen Carter says Azziz always intended to reimburse the university for the use of a campus shuttle at Saturday’s wedding.

The university provided 11Alive News with a copy of an invoice for $416 for shuttle service and marked police unit.

However, Carter could not provide written documentation or a contract which detailed the arrangement prior to the wedding.

Carter says four off-duty police officers provided security at the wedding. But she says the officers “volunteered” their time and therefore were not included in the final tally of wedding expenses.

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