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Augusta University president once again named one of Georgia’s most influential

For the seventh consecutive year, Augusta University President Brooks A. Keel, PhD, has been named to Georgia Trend’s list of “100 Most Influential Georgians” for 2022.

Each year the magazine recognizes the most influential leaders who demonstrate the strongest leadership qualities, power and influence in the state.

“I am honored to receive this distinguished recognition again during a year in which we have seen many challenges in a changing landscape in health care and academia,” said Keel.

“I also want to congratulate presidential colleagues across the state and Augusta’s very own Mayor Hardie Davis Jr. and Jay Markwalter. Their work is leaving lasting impressions not only in the community, but throughout the state.”

Under Keel’s leadership, the university saw the completion of the new $70 million College of Science and Mathematics building, which opened to students in September; the creation of the Augusta University Cyber Institute; and the expansion in academic offerings such as the MCG 3+ Primary Care Pathway Program.

The university also remains on the forefront in the fight against COVID-19 and enrollment continues to climb with a 5.7% increase in graduate and professional enrollment from fall 2020 to fall 2021.

Keel is a member of the Society for the Study of Reproduction, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the Society for Gynecological Investigation.

Keel earned his bachelor’s degree from Augusta College in 1978 and his doctorate from the Medical College of Georgia in 1982. He worked for 20 years as a professor and researcher before moving into administration.

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