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UGA president finalist named

Jere Morehead is now senior VP for Academic Affairs and provost

Monday, Jan. 28, 2013 2:48 PM
Last updated Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013 12:56 AM
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ATHENS, Ga. — Jere Morehead, the provost of the University of Georgia, was named Monday as the lone finalist for the presidency of the school.

Board of Regents Chairman “Dink” Nesmith and University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby made the announcement.

Morehead, currently the senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, previously served as UGA’s vice president for instruction, vice provost for academic affairs, director of the Honors Program, and acting executive director of legal affairs.

“I am honored and humbled to have been selected by the chancellor, the chairman and the Board of Regents as the finalist for president of the University of Georgia,” Morehead said in a new release. “I look forward to making further statements regarding this wonderful opportunity to continue serving the University of Georgia after the board completes its process in the coming days.”

In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Morehead is the Meigs Professor of Legal Studies in the Terry College of Business where he has had a faculty appointment since 1986.

Currently, the deans of the various schools and colleges and several vice presidents report to Morehead. Several other campus units report to the provost, including the University Libraries, the Office of International Education, the Office of Institutional Diversity, the Office of Academic Planning, Honors Program and the Museum of Art.

Morehead also serves as vice chairman of the Georgia Athletic Association board of directors, vice chairman of the UGA Research Foundation, a UGA Foundation trustee, and a UGA Real Estate Foundation trustee.

He is a 1980 graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law where he earned his law degree.

The Board of Regents will take final action on the selection of the next president of UGA at a future meeting.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/28/13 - 09:28 pm
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I wonder why it doesn't say

I wonder why it doesn't say where he received his undergrad degree? I've read his public information released by UGA and where most faculty members have their undergrad institutions also mentioned, he only has UGA Law School. Omissions like that catch my eye and make me wonder why?

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concercitizen 01/28/13 - 09:37 pm
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He probably got his

He probably got his undergraduate degree from Podunk U, then his Masters and Phd from some online university. What seems stranger to me, is that such a high profile position should have attracted some very well qualified candidates from around the country, and the article says he was the lone finalist.Who were the others under consideration? Were there others under consideration? Sounds like the Georgia Board of Regents is trying to revive the "good ole boy" system. Of course, the two biggest egos in the state of Georgia will now be history.

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Jon Lester 01/29/13 - 02:04 am
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Can't you just hear the jokes?
Unpublished

The basic formula would combine his name with an expression of upward mobilty...

emanon
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emanon 01/29/13 - 06:53 am
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Undergrad degree from Ga

Undergrad degree from Ga State University

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/29/13 - 10:26 am
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So he is not a UGA grad.

So he is not an UGA grad. Thanks, Emanon.

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harley_52 01/29/13 - 12:15 pm
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I Think...

....Azziz is the man for the job.

harley_52
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harley_52 01/29/13 - 12:18 pm
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You Gotta Love A School System...

...with Dink and Hank running the show.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 01/29/13 - 12:26 pm
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@Harley

Maybe you are joking about AXXIX but I bet he has thought about how he could "rule" MCG, ASU and UGA! LOL!

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harley_52 01/29/13 - 12:39 pm
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Sweet Son...

Yes, I was joking, and yes, I agree he's probably been day dreaming of the power he'd have as king of the whole universe.

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DMB112 02/06/13 - 09:15 am
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Wrong - Morehead is a good pick

I don't think anyone here has meaningful relations to UGA or higher ed.

Morehead is the only man capable of running University of Georgia and taking it to the next level of top research universities. He's intelligent, accomplished, honest, hard working, kind, dedicated and shrewd. As UGA alumnnus, gift giving and alumni support will skyrocket. Adams isolated the alumni during his tenure. Many refused to give until he was out of office. Now they will reunite. The faculty too will reunite. Morehead has been director of the prestigious UGA honors program, of instructional technology, he's the provost, he's a Meiges professor and he has been a student at UGA. He did not go to "podunk university" you ought to read the article. He enrolled at Georgia State at the ripe age of 16 and graduated four years later. Yes, I wish he went to a better and highly acclaimed undergraduate school, but his focus and aptitude is unquestionalble. He has great academic credential and the faculty, alumni, community, politicians and students love him.

There was a sole finalist for UGA's president because Morehead knows UGA inside out. There is no NEED for another finalist. Morehead knows the good, the bad and ugly. He's been there through Adams and Knapp. He's involved in politics which is so key in Georgia. To be fair, Adams did a lot of great things for UGA. He's significantly increased the university's academic profile, but he's made some bold moves that another president might not have been able to do. With the five new UGA colleges in place, Morehead will be the next captain to take this ship to the next level. He's a safe and honest pick. He's a man of utmost integrity towards students. Morehead won't allow a minority few to affect the position of UGA.

I am extremely happy about this choice. Best of luck to Mr. Morehead.

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