On September 8, Dr. Joseph Hobbs of Augusta will be presented with the prestigious Regents Hall of Fame Alumni and Distinguished Friends award. The award will be presented by The University System of Georgia Foundation.
Hobbs became interested in science and medicine in junior high and spent Saturdays at MCG shadowing physicians.
After that, he went to Mercer University, on a full scholarship, where he earned a biology degree.
Hobbs was one of just seven African-American students accepted into the Medical College of Georgia in 1970. He graduated in 1974.
Hobbs dedicated 45 years of service and leadership to the Medical College of Georgia and Augusta University. He spent 22 the years as the first African-American department chair at MCG. Also a full-time faculty member and chief residency.
He retired in 2020, but continues to serve Augusta University as a strategic adviser.
He also was a part of MCG’s Medical Minute, a health and science segment, for almost a decade.
“Dr. Hobbs is a man of great accomplishment but even greater humility – always focused on how his service benefits the overall mission of the Medical College of Georgia and its commitment as Georgia’s only public medical school. It’s my privilege and honor to congratulate Dr. Joseph Hobbs on the 2023 Regents Hall of Fame Alumni and Distinguished Friends Award.”
Brooks A. Keel, PhD, president of Augusta University
The University System of Georgia Foundation will also be presenting another award to Robert Bledsoe, Ph.D. A professor in the Department of English & World Languages in the Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at Augusta University.
“His dedication to discovery and leadership in active-learning pedagogy are making a significant impact on the lives of our students. Dr. Bledsoe influences others to employ best practices in the classroom and to apply evidence-based approaches to their own.”
Neil MacKinnon, PhD, provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs