Dear Alumni and Friends,
It has been nearly a decade since I joined the Board of Directors of the Medical College of Georgia Foundation. Much has happened since then in the life of our foundation, most for the better, and I can tell you that there is no more exciting time to be Chairman of the Board than right now.
My ties to the Medical College of Georgia, like yours, are deep. I am proud to say that I am a graduate of the MCG School of Dentistry-the only dentist in a family where my grandfather, father, uncle and son have all graduated from the Medical College of Georgia. As you can imagine, I know this campus very well. I also recognize fully the singular value of our state's medical school and this university.
We have never rested on our laurels. Most recently, our commitment to progress and the betterment of MCG, Augusta University and our students' educational experience is encapsulated in the Central Square Development project on 15th Street. Augustan and media mogul George Weiss deeded us this property along with a sizeable bequest two decades ago. The timing is now right to move forward. We are pushing steadily ahead on establishing a firm plan and contracting with the right partners to help us achieve our vision of a mixed-use development to serve our medical students and the surrounding community.
The walls have come down literally in this project. We continue to be the instrument to maximize MCG's impact for generations to come. As a result, we are working more closely with MCG and its leadership than ever before. Our cooperation with one another is reflected in the recent signing of a new Memorandum of Understanding. It was, in many ways, a transformative moment, reflecting our shared desire to continue to advance our medical school in new and exciting ways.
We have also been blessed with the new Dean of the Medical College of Georgia, Dr. David Hess. We have known one another for years, and I have enjoyed the opportunity to get to know him better as Dean. An internationally recognized stroke specialist and researcher, Dr. Hess is highly respected both within and without our institution, and we are fortunate to have someone of his caliber and passion in this role.
Changes are coming a little closer to home as well. The MCG Foundation will soon be housed in the historic Sutherland Mill building on St. Sebastian Way. Our new 4,000-plus square foot space will house our offices and allow us to lease part of the space to a partner whose goal and mission are in keeping with ours.
We hope you will visit us soon in our new home. As well, we look forward to continuing the good work that has been accomplished due to your extraordinary generosity and love for your alma mater. Thank you so very much for entrusting us to protect and honor that love. Please let us continue to hear from you as we continue to meet new opportunities over the coming year.
J. Ben Deal, DMD
MCG Foundation Chairman of the Board
Class of '74