Morehead named president of the University of Georgia
ATLANTA, GA -
Jere Morehead, senior vice president for Academic Affairs and provost
at the University of Georgia, was named today as the 22nd president of
UGA by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.
Morehead will assume his new post on July 1, 2013, according to Board of Regents Chair "Dink" NeSmith.
"Jere has devoted the bulk of his career to the University of Georgia
and he has a great passion for the University and its service to
students and the State of Georgia," said NeSmith. "He knows the
University and it became clear to all involved in the search that he is
the right person to take UGA forward. He has tremendous challenges ahead
and the Board will support him as he works to strengthen UGA's
University System Chancellor Hank Huckaby said that Morehead's
appointment "is the right decision for UGA. I have known and worked with
Jere for many years and am delighted he will have this great
opportunity to serve the university he loves so well. Our students will
be in excellent hands under his leadership. Jere will bring the vision
and energy essential to UGA advancing its land grant mission."
Regent Larry Walker, who chaired the search committee, said, "This
was a comprehensive and thorough national search that identified strong
candidates. But it became clear to the committee that Jere stood head
and shoulders above a national field."
"Becoming President of the University of Georgia is a dream come true
for a UGA graduate who has spent more than half of his life on this
campus," said Morehead. "While the University of Georgia faces economic
challenges, if we focus on our academic priorities we will reach new
heights. The University is poised, thanks to the quality of the faculty,
staff, and students, to become one of the greatest public universities
in the United States."
Morehead noted, "In preparation for the UGA Presidency, I plan to
spend the coming months evaluating our strengths and weaknesses,
visiting with other presidents and key constituents, contemplating
possible organizational changes, and beginning preparation for a major
capital campaign. I am appreciative to the Chancellor, the Chairman, and
the Board of Regents for giving me the opportunity to serve the
University and the state of Georgia."
Morehead's career covers a wide range of faculty and administrative
posts at UGA. Prior to his current position, which he assumed in 2010,
he 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.
Morehead also serves as vice chair of the Georgia Athletic
Association Board of Directors, vice chair of the UGA Research
Foundation, a UGA Foundation Trustee, and a UGA Real Estate Foundation
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, first as an assistant
professor teaching legal studies, rising through the ranks of associate
professor to full professor. He also directed the UGA Law School
Advocacy Program from 1986-1995.
After serving as a visiting professor at the University of Michigan
in 1995, Morehead returned to the Terry College faculty in 1996.
Before joining the UGA faculty, Morehead worked for the U.S. Department of Justice as a United States Attorney from 1980-1986.
Morehead has published numerous books and scholarly articles on
several legal topics ranging from export controls to jury selection, and
he has served as editor-in-chief of the American Business Law Journal.
He is the recipient of several University-wide teaching awards,
including the Josiah Meigs Teaching Award, the highest award the
University provides for teaching excellence, the Richard B. Russell
Undergraduate Teaching Award, the Teacher of the Year in the Terry
College of Business, and the Tresp Teaching Award in the Honors Program.
A native of Lakeland, Fla., Morehead moved with his family to Atlanta
as a teenager. He earned his undergraduate degree from Georgia State
University. He is a 1980 graduate of the UGA School of Law where he
earned his J.D. degree.
Morehead will assume the UGA presidency from Dr. Michael Adams, who
will retire on June 30 2013, after serving as president since 1997.
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