(University System of Georgia)
ATHENS, Ga. -- The University System of Georgia has named Jere Morehead the new president of the University of Georgia.
Morehead, the senior VP for Academic Affairs and provost at UGA, will assume his new position July 1, replacing retiring president Michael Adams.
RELATED | Morehead named sole finalist for UGA presidency
"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," Morehead said in a statement. "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 earned his J.D. from the UGA School of Law and served as a United States Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice for six years. He has been a member of UGA's faculty since 1986, first as an assistant professor of legal studies, then later becoming the Meigs Professor of Legal Studies in the Terry College of Business.
"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," USG Board of Regents Chair Dink NeSmith said in a statement.
Regent Larry Walker, who chaired the committee to find a replacement for Adams, added, "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."
Gov. Nathan Deal is pleased with Morehead's appointment. He released a statement Monday about the Regents' decision:
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 outside 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.