Board of Regents votes to hire Morehead as UGA president

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Monday, Feb. 4, 2013

ATLANTA (AP) -- The Georgia Board of Regents has voted unanimously to hire University of Georgia Provost Jere Morehead to succeed Michael Adams as university president.

Board members voted Monday to hire Morehead, a 1980 graduate of the University of Georgia Law School, who also served as senior vice president for academic affairs. He becomes the 22nd president of the university.

A presidential search committee named Morehead as the sole finalist for the position last week. In mid-December the committee, headed by attorney and former state lawmaker Larry Walker, announced the field had been narrowed to nine candidates -- five of whom were college presidents.

Adams, who has praised Morehead for his integrity and institutional knowledge of the university, is set to retire in June.

(Copyright 2013, The Associated Press)

Statement from Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal:
“I believe firmly that Jere Morehead is the right leader for UGA at this time when the university is on a positive trajectory. There are times when an organization needs to bring in an outsider to shake things up, but that’s not the case at UGA.

The university has made tremendous strides under President Michael Adams over these last 16 years, and I think Jere’s vision for the school will take it to the next level. His mandate from the Board of Regents and me is not to maintain the status quo; it is to push to reach new heights for the University System’s flagship.

Jere knows the institution inside and out, he understands its strengths and weaknesses, and he has a plan for further bolstering UGA’s growing reputation for top-quality students, groundbreaking research and academic excellence.

Talking to Jere, you know he loves this school, and talking to his students, you know he’s a committed and revered educator. I expect great things from the incoming president, and I know Georgians will join me in congratulating him and wishing him the best in this endeavor.”

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