ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia announced Thursday that University President Michael Adams will be stepping down on June 30, 2013.
11Alive learned of Adams' resignation from two separate sources Wednesday afternoon.
Adams will be stepping down after 16 years at the helm of the university.
Governor Deal responded to Adams' announcement with a statement:
"President Michael Adams has dedicated his most productive years to our University System's flagship institution, the University of Georgia. He will leave behind a tremendous legacy, and his tenure will have long-lasting positive effects. Under his leadership, the University of Georgia has grown in size and in stature. These changes are manifested in the tremendous physical improvements to the school, particularly the development of East Campus and the beautification of South Campus, and by the soaring rankings of the University of Georgia. President Adams led the university to new levels of excellence and prestige. I congratulate him on his many successes and wish him the best in his final year as president of UGA."
In a separate statement, Board of Regents Chairman Benjamin Tarbutton III said, "Students who attend UGA today enjoy an outstanding academic environment, state-of-the-art facilities and resources, and some of the best faculty in the nation, thanks to his leadership. Speaking for the Board of Regents, Dr. Adams' leadership is both deeply appreciated and will be sorely missed once he steps down."
Adams will be 65 years old when he leaves the office of the president.