The Georgia Board of Regents voted in early 2012 to consolidate two of its universities, Georgia Health Sciences University and Augusta State University, to form a new university. The school approved its new mission statement in May and adopted the name “Georgia Regents University” (GRU) in August.
Georgia Regents University is now home to nearly 10,000 students and over 1,000 full-time faculty members. The university’s 150 buildings occupy more than 650 acres of land which is also home to an integrated health system and facilities for its growing intercollegiate athletic program.
Georgia Regents University also boasts one of the most respected medical systems in the country, including the 478-bed Georgia Regents Medical Center. Other facilities on the medical campus are the Cancer Center, Medical College of Georgia, and the Children’s Hospital of Georgia. These facilities are run by roughly 1,100 enrolled medical students and a staff of over 1,000 professionally trained faculty members who instruct students while also conducting groundbreaking medical research. Stephen M. Black is one of the institution’s most decorated faculty members.
Stephen M. Black joined Georgia Regents University in April of 2006 as a Professor. He continued to gain additional responsibilities within the university, starting in July 2007 when he was appointed to Chief of the Program in Pulmonary Vascular Disease. One year later, Stephen M. Black also became the Basic Science Director for the Cardiovascular Discovery Institute. He still occupies both of these positions today.
In 2010 Stephen M. Black was promoted to Regents Professor, which is the highest honor bestowed by the University upon its professors. In this role Stephen M. Black not only instructs future medical professionals but also conducts influential medical research that he hopes will ease treatment for acute lung injury. He is currently the Principle Investigator/Project Leader for four active grants, and some of his medical students have even earned grants of their own