Gov. Brian Kemp recently approved the Year 2022 budget, allocating nearly $16 million to help Augusta University advance undergraduate and graduate education and launch STEM education opportunities to K-12 students in rural Georgia.

Gov. Kemp joins Augusta University leaders, community partners to discuss vaccine efforts

Gov. Brian Kemp visited Augusta University on March 17 to participate in a roundtable discussion with Augusta University leadership, pastors of partner churches and representatives from the Augusta National to discuss AU’s vaccination efforts.

Among those joining the governor were Augusta University President Brooks A. Keel, PhD; AU Health CEO Katrina Keefer; AU Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Phillip Coule; Shel Knox Berry, executive director of the Community Foundation of the CSRA; Stephen Goggans, district health director of the Georgia Department of Public Health; William Jones, executive director of the Augusta National Golf Club; and pastors David McKinley of Warren Baptist Church, Clarence Moore of Good Shepherd Baptist Church and Karlton Howard of Noah’s Ark Baptist Church.

Kemp commended Augusta University for forming partnerships with community organizations and churches to increase vaccinations around the Augusta area.

“The partnership that you all have is getting it done. I made it very clear in my press conference yesterday that we’re going to continue to ship vaccines to people that are getting shots in arms. That bodes well for you all,” Kemp said.

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Lisa Kaylor is the Lead Communications and Media Coordinator for AU Health. Contact her to schedule an interview on this topic or with one of our experts at 706-721-5292 or

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