ATLANTA — The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia announced Monday that Jere Morehead, senior vice president for Academic Affairs and provost at the University of Georgia, has been named as the 22nd president of the university.
“Becoming president of the University of Georgia is a dream come true for a UGA graduate who has spent more than half 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 added, “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, who is replacing outgoing President Michael Adams, will assume his new post on July 1, according to BOR Chair “Dink” NeSmith.
Adams is a former resident of Albany.
“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 programs.”
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.”
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 and vice chair of the UGA Research Foundation.
He was a UGA Foundation trustee, and a UGA Real Estate Foundation trustee.
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 from associate professor to full professor.
He also directed the UGA Law School Advocacy Program from 1986-1995.