Chairman's Message

Dear Fellow Alumni and Friends,

We've weathered a lot of change this year but have emerged more successful than ever.

Consider, for instance, the 2015 Fall Annual Campaign. MCG alumni converged in record numbers to demonstrate their support. This year's donations and pledges outpaced previous years, demonstrating once again that MCG alumni are the most devoted and passionate graduates you could ever hope to meet.

The Annual Campaign, the heart of our support program, provided still more resounding evidence of their commitment. Our alumni responded with characteristic magnanimous generosity when asked to participate. Their donations provided immediate funding for MCG's everyday operations and, most importantly, served as a ringing endorsement of our leadership, administration and future.

But change indeed abounded, and some of it was bittersweet. For instance, we bade sad farewells recently to two dedicated board members, William "Billy" Mayher, MD, and David Owings, DMD. Dr. Mayher ('68) served on the board for 22 years, including two tenures as Chairman. Dr. Owings ('73), who served on our board for 20 years, also served on the School of Dentistry Admission Committee and was recognized as a Dental College of Georgia Distinguished Alumnus. Their service to MCG and the Foundation will not be forgotten.

We also say goodbye this year to Dr. James B. Osborne, Foundation CEO and President, who recently announced his retirement. It has been an honor to work with Dr. Osborne, and while his leadership and expertise will be missed; his retirement is a just reward for such a dedicated leader. Dr. Osborne has been a staunch advocate for MCG and has worked tirelessly to advance the mission of the Foundation. We commend the hard work and time he has dedicated to the Foundation over the last 27 years. On behalf of the entire Board of Directors and the Foundation staff, we wish him the best on a well-earned retirement.

Ian S. Mercier, Chief Operating Officer, will succeed Dr. Osborne in July. Mr. Mercier joined the Foundation in 1999 and has served as Chief Operating Officer since 2013. He has extensive experience in all aspects of the Foundation's operations and is completing his doctorate at Northeastern University, supplementing a master's degree in public administration and bachelor's degree in information technology. Mr. Mercier has been integral to the success of the MCG Annual Campaign, phonathon and major giving program, among other key initiatives. He is a leader of diverse abilities with a deep commitment to the mission of the Foundation. We look forward to his dynamic, creative and collaborative leadership as he partners with the University to fulfill the Foundation's mission.

Also stepping into a new role is Dr. Buffi Boyd, a 1999 MCG graduate who in April was elected a board member. Dr. Boyd, who completed an internship in general surgery and a residency in urology at MCG, is a partner at Urological Associates of Savannah, PC, Chairwoman of the MCG Alumni Association and a very active mentor and leader on the Southeast Regional Campus. Her demonstrated dedication to MCG and her fellow alumni make her a tremendous addition to our Board of Directors, and we welcome her with open arms.

One thing that isn't changing this year is my position on the Board of Directors. I have been asked, and I agreed, to retain the mantel of Chairman of the Board for another term. It is a supreme pleasure to lead this group of extraordinarily committed alumni, friends and supporters. To everyone at the MCG Foundation, my fellow alumni and University colleagues, I extend my sincere gratitude for the support and appreciation I have received. We worked hard this past year, and I expect to continue working hard in the year to come.


Sam Richwine, MD | Medical College of Georgia Foundation

Sam Richwine, MD
MCG Foundation Chairman of the Board
Class of '77