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The first class of students at the GRU/UGA Medical Partnershipwere educated in the Interim Medical Partnership Building on the banks of the North Oconee River in Athens for their first two years.


The 58-acre Navy Supply Corps School (NSCS) in Athens was formally designated for closure as part of the Navy’s Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process.

November 2005

The Georgia Regents University School of Medicine established its first clinical campus, the Southwest Georgia Clinical Campus, headquartered at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany.

December 2005

The Secretary of Defense recognized the Athens-Clarke County Local Redevelopment Authority (LRA) as the sole authority for the development and reuse plan for the NSCS.


The LRA developed a selection process and received multiple reuse proposals.

August 2006

GRU School of Medicine entered its first freshman class of 190. The increase from 180 students was the first since the 1970s.

January 2007

The state of Georgia appropriates funds to study expanding public medical education.

April 2007

The Georgia General Assembly passed the fiscal year 2008 budget, which included $2.8 million to expand medical school capacity.

May 2007

St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System in Savannah and the GRU School of Medicine announced a partnership that will lead to the Southeast Georgia Clinical Campus.

September 2007

Georgia Regents University (formerly the Medical College of Georgia) retains Pittsburgh-based consulting firm Tripp Umbach to complete a medical education expansion study on behalf of the Board of Regents. The nationally recognized medical school expansion firm was selected to explore the best growth opportunities for the GRU School of Medicine.

October 2007

The LRA voted unanimously for final approval of the UGA proposal to establish a health sciences campus at the Navy School site.

Dr. Linda Boyd, a family physician and curriculum development expert, was named associate dean for regional campus coordination for the GRU School of Medicine.

January 2008

On January 15, Tripp Umbach presents its study and proposal for expanding medical education to the University System of Georgia Board of Regents. The Regents accept the report on January 21.

February 2008

UGA Real Estate Foundation purchases historic building on the North Oconee River in Athens and begins rennovation. The Interim Medical Partnership Building becomes the first home of the GRU/UGA Medical Partnership.

October 2008

On October 15, Dr. Barbara L. Schuster is named Campus Dean of the GRU/UGA Medical Partnership.

February 2009

On February 10, the Board of Regents approves the memorandum of understanding formalizing the GRU/UGA Medical Partnership.

August 2010

Forty medical students began classes at the GRU/UGA Medical Partnership in Athens.


The Navy vacated the 56-acre Navy Supply Corps School on Prince Avenue in Athens, making it available for renovation and preparation for the new UGA Health Sciences Campus.


Former Navy School property becomes the UGA Health Sciences Campus. Programs such as the GRU/UGA Medical Partnership and the UGA College of Public Health will be housed at the site.

July 2012

The GRU/UGA Medical Partnership moves to the UGA Health Sciences Campus.


First students to graduate from the GRU/UGA Medical Partnership and begin residency training.


First GRU/UGA Medical Partnership students to begin practicing medicine.