mcg foundation News

November 4th, 2015

James B. Osborne, Sr. EdD receives Outstanding Fundraising Professional Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Augusta Chapter.

Dr. Osborne has been the head of the MCG Foundation since 1989, when he was recruited away from the Georgia Tech Foundation. Dr. Osborne has dedicated his time and efforts to advancing student and faculty endowment support at MCG. Under his leadership, the Foundation’s endowment has grown from $8 million in 1989 to $200 million today. In April 2013, the MCG Foundation announced the receipt of a $66 million gift from the late Dr. J. Harold Harrison. This gift is the largest gift ever made to a public university in the State of Georgia. The endowed gift will be used to fund student scholarships and support endowed chairs for distinguished faculty at MCG. Dr. Harrison placed a high value in people, and this investment will support hundreds in perpetuity. What makes this gift more special is that it was borne from the great friendship between Dr. Harrison and Dr. Osborne, which started over 20 years ago.

The MCG Foundation is grateful for the tireless dedication Dr. Osborne has demonstrated to the Foundation, the University and MCG, and are grateful for his continued leadership.

Click to watch our new Timeline video presented at the Medical College of Georgia 60th Anniversary Reception.

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Click here for the 60th Anniversary Reception Program The Program contains some very interesting facts about the Medical College of Georgia Foundation.

     The Medical College of Georgia Foundation was founded on October 19th, 1954, which represented a long-term endeavor for its principle founders, Drs. Edgar Pund and G. Lombard Kelly, who looked for a way to advance the Medical College of Georgia through private support. The first efforts to establish a foundation were fostered by Drs. Pund and Kelly in 1937 through the “Alumni Fund”. Unfortunately, it was discontinued after two years. In 1939, new effort was initiated to seek “unrestricted” support for MCG. At that time only 50% of the state’s appropriation was made available to the medical college. However, a community finding its way out of a depression and into a war had little prosperity to share. It was in the spring of 1954 that Drs. Pund and Kelly approached the Alumni Association of the Medical College of Georgia for a third time with the proposition of establishing a philanthropic foundation. At the Association’s annual meeting in Macon, Drs. Pund and Kelly were supported honorably and monetarily by MCG alums, Drs. J. C. Metts, William Barton, and Addison Simpson. After years of success and failure, the idea had enough support to take root. These distinguished alumni and university leaders recognized a need that could only be answered through philanthropic support. Acknowledging the desire of many to give back, the founders set in motion the process of engaging the very first private donors. The product of this process was the Medical College of Georgia Foundation.

MCGF Boardmember, Jim Hull is appointed to the Georgia Board of Regents

On November 7th, 2013, Gov. Nathan Deal appointed Augusta's distinguished citizen, local philanthropist and real estate developer, Jim Hull, to the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. Hull is a member manager of Hull Storey Gibson Companies, LLC. In addition to serving on the MCG Foundation board, he is also a member of the ASU Foundation Board of Directors and sits on the GRU Board of Visitors.

Hull will be the first Augusta appointee to the Board of Regents
since 2007

MCGF Recieves $66 Million Gift

On April 27th, 2013, The Medical College of Georgia Foundation has announced a transformational gift from the estate of MCG alumnus and long-time Foundation board member, J. Harold Harrison, MD. The gift, which will be in excess of $66 million, is the largest in the history of the university and one of the largest ever received by a public university in Georgia. In 2012, Dr. Harrison also made a $10 million gift for a total of $76 million. This gift, called the Harrison Fellowship Endowment Fund, will not be for new buildings or renovations, but will be invested in students and distinguished faculty. Specifically, the entirety of the Harrison gift will be endowed and will support student scholarships and endowed chairs.

J. “Harold” Harrison, a 1948 MCG graduate, vascular surgery pioneer and cattle farmer, made a commitment many years ago to support student education at the Medical College of Georgia.

In his own words, Harold expressed this desire to give back to the medical school that turned him into a doctor. “When someone asks me why I support the MCG Foundation, it really boils down to a basic principle of providing what input I can to develop a medical school where a gifted individual from the state knowing no better or having no choice from a financial standpoint of attending the state medical school can look back after being out of school for 20 to 30 years and have no regret or question of the quality of the medical education that he received-one that if he had a son or daughter that is equally gifted with the option of choosing any school in the country would consider it a privilege to stay home for his medical education.”

Dr. Jim Osborne, President & CEO of the Foundation, knew Dr. Harrison for over 22 years in his many capacities at MCG. “Harold made a comment to me many years ago that I have not forgotten...that he was so proud that MCG took a country boy and made a doctor out of him.” Dr. Osborne, Mrs. Harrison, and a close group of friends from the Foundation Board, and State Representative Barbara Sims, urged Harold to make a commitment to support the building of the Education Commons at GRU. “Harold wanted to invest in people, not in bricks and mortar, but the idea of a ‘home’ for medical and dental students intrigued him enough to make the lead gift,” says long-time friends Dr. Cecil Whitaker, Dr. Billy Mayher, and members of the Foundation Board.

Before his death in 2012, Dr. Harrison pledged $10 million in support of the Education Commons Building at Georgia Regents University, which is set to be completed in 2014 and will bear his name.

Having served two terms as Chairman of the Board of the Medical College of Georgia Foundation, Dr. Harrison understood the importance of creating intergenerational equity through endowment. This once in a lifetime gift will not only have an immediate impact on MCG’s ability to recruit the most talented students and faculty to its medical training program, but the impact will continue far into the future.

Boardroom dedication & Portrait Unveiled

On April 26th the Medical College of Georgia Foundation hosted a portrait unveiling and conference room dedication ceremony in honor of Dr. William E. Mayher III. His portrait was painted by renowned artist and Georgia Regents University Associate Professor of Medical Illustration, David Mascaro. It will grace the newly named, William E. Mayher III, MD Executive Boardroom, located in the MCG Foundation’s office in Augusta. This dedication is in recognition of Dr. Mayher’s 20 years of commitment and contributions to the MCG Foundation.

  • Dr. vaughn mccall named new endowed chair
  • In late 2012, we announced the appointment of Dr. W. Vaughn McCall to the Case Distinguished Chair of Psychiatry. Dr. McCall arrived to GRU from Wake Forest University, where he was Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, "Vaughn is established as an innovative, passionate leader, scientist and clinician," said Dr. Peter Buckley, MCG Dean. "He will be invaluable to us as we continue to strengthen our Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior and move the Medical College of Georgia forward."


    In the summer of 2012, the MCG Foundation transferred $10 million to the University to support the construction of the Education Commons Building. This included a generous gift from one of our distinguished board members, Dr. J. Harold Harrison. In Augusta of 2012, the Board of Regents approved the naming, J. Harold Harrison, MD Education Commons, to commemorate the late philanthropist, renowned vascular surgeon and 1948 MCG graduate.

    For more information on the J. Harold Harrison Education Commons ground breaking J. Harold Harrison, M.D. Education Commons groundbreaking slated Nov. 28


Foundation Board Meeting Information
foundation Investment Committee Meeting

The Investment Committee will meet at 12:00pm on April 26, 2013 at the Foundation Offices in Augusta. The Full Board will meet on Saturday April 27 at 2:00.

"iN The News"

  • 7/2/2013 -Dr. Amyn M. Rojiani, Chairman of the Department of Pathology at the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University has been named Associate Editor of the Journal of Neuropathology & Experimental Neurology. Dr. Rojiani holds the Edgar R. Pund, MD Distinguished Chair in Pathology. Georgia Regents University
  • 6/24/2013 - Dr. Jin-Xiong She, GRA Bradley-Turner Eminent Scholar Chair in Genomic Medicine, recently received $10 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Atlanta Magazine
  • 6/12/2013 - TEDDY study yielding new approach to finding high-risk genes for type 1 diabetes, Dr. Jin-Xiong She holds the Georgia Regents Alliance Bradley-Turner Eminent Scholar Chair in Genomic Medicine, and is Director of the Center for Biotechnology and Genomic Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University. GRU News
  • 5/23/2013 - Researchers eliminate schizophrenia symptoms in an animal model, Dr Lin Mei holds the Georgia Regents Alliance Eminent Scholar Chair in Neuroscience, and the Director of the Institute of Molecular Medicine and Genetics at the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University. GRU News
  • 5/20/2013- Medical College of Georgia Dean, and MCGF Ex Officio Board Member, Dr. Peter Buckley receives the American Psychiatric Association Special Presidential Commendation in recognition of his exemplary leadership and substantial contributions to psychiatry and U.S. academic
  • 5/06/2013 - Detroit Boy, One of the First to Receive New Cerebral Palsy Treatment in study at GRU, CBS News
  • 4/18/2013 - James M. Hull to Receive Honorary Degree, Mr. Hull is the namesake of the University's business school, and MCGF Board member.
  • 4/16/2013 - GRU Researchers working on kidney repair, Dr. Michael Madaio, Charbonnier Professor and Chairman, Atlanta Business Journal
  • 4/15/2013 - Forgetting is Harder for Older Brains, Dr. Joe Tsien GRA Eminent Scholar Chair in Cognitive and Systems Neurobiology Scientific American
  • 4/15/2013 - ECT Can Restore Quality of Life for Some Severely Depressed Patients, Dr. W. Vaughn McCall, Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavior Medical
  • 4/14/2013 - Two GRU College of Nursing Students Selected for Mayo Clinic Externship Advance for Nurses
  • 4/13/2013 - GHA Recognizes Georgia Regents Medical Center as a Patient Safety Leader Advance for Nurses
  • 4/12/2013 - Breastfeeding: A Case study in Market, Dr. Jatinder Bhatia, Chief of Neonatology at Children's Hospital of Georgia and Georgia Regents University
  • 4/06/2013 - Insomnia Increases Suicide Risk, Dr. W. Vaughn McCall, Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavior Huffington Post
  • 3/29/2013 - Georgia Regents ROTC Best in Nation The Signal3/27/2013 - Historic Augusta Mills Might Become GRU campus Expansion The Augusta Chronical
  • 3/01/2013 - Weintraub recruited to MCG to spur translational science in cardiovascular disease, Dr. Neal Weintraub to hold the Herbert S. Kupperman Endowed Chair in Cardiovascular Science in the Department of Medicine.