As of Friday, March 8, 2013
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ATHENS, Ga. -- The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia is expected at its monthly meeting on Tuesday to approve the naming of East Campus Village Residence Hall -- Building No. 1512 -- at the University of Georgia the "George D. Busbee Hall" in honor of the former governor and Albany resident.
Busbee is a native of Vienna and attended Georgia Military College before joining the United States Navy. Upon completion of his military service, he enrolled at UGA, where he earned both a bachelor's degree and a law degree. He established a law practice in Albany, where he and his wife, whom he met at UGA, raised four children.
His political career began in 1956 when he was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives, and served for 18 years, where he held several senior leadership posts, including majority leader in the House of Representatives.
As governor from 1975 to 1983, he called for cooperation among state officials and made K-12 education his top priority, establishing the statewide public kindergarten system.
He also focused on economic development, prison reform, revising the state constitution and restructuring the Department of Human Resources.
Busbee died in 2004 at the age of 76.