Another insider to get top leadership position in university system

When the announcement first came, it was a bit of a surprise. However after the news sunk in, it seemed like no surprise at all.
The announcement came Monday. The Georgia Board of Regents said the sole finalist to become the next president of the University of Georgia was Jere Morehead, now UGA provost and senior vice president for academic affairs.
After a nationwide search, in which a committee interviewed at least nine candidates including university presidents and others, the regents selected the next UGA president from within the University of Georgia -- an insider. The full Board of Regents must vote on Morehead’s selection in February, but that will be a formality. Morehead will be approved and will succeed retiring Michael Adams July 1.
The insider pick of Morehead seems to be a popular selection. Reaction from Adams, university student leaders, regents, other educators, state politicians and Athens community leaders has all been positive.
“This is a great day for the University of Georgia,” said Adams. “The Board of Regents and the search committee could not have found anyone more committed to the future of this place than Jere Morehead. He is someone who has given the overwhelming majority of his life to the University of Georgia, and he will be a great and respected leader here for many years to come.”
“He knows Georgia, he knows the state, he knows Athens, and we know him,” said Athens Area Chamber of Commerce President Doc Ethridge. “The transition will be so quick and easy because of existing relationships that have occurred over the years. It’s great news as far as I’m concerned.”

Morehead, 56, is a graduate of the UGA School of Law and will become the first UGA alumnus to attain the president’s position since Fred Davison in 1967. Morehead joined UGA’s Terry College of Business faculty in 1986. Adams tapped Morehead to succeed Arnett Mace as UGA provost and senior vice president for academic affairs in 2009.

We like the selection of Morehead to head Georgia’s flagship university in the years ahead. We know of no one who knows more about the university. His long tenure at UGA will be a big plus for the new president.

The selection of this insider follows the selection of another insider, Hank Huckaby, who was chosen a couple of years ago to be chancellor of the University System of Georgia. These two insiders can work hand in hand to improve the University of Georgia and the entire university system. They know their territory and have solid working relationships with lawmakers and other politicians, community leaders, students and citizens from around our state.



More Opinion

It’s show time, er, fair time

With cooler weather starting to move in, you know it’s time for the Coweta County Fair. The annual event kicked off yesterday and will ... Read More


Enough with domestic violence

It started with a clip of a football player pulling his unconscious fiancee out of an elevator. Recently released additional video shows the ... Read More


Rants, Raves & Really?!?

A look back at last week’s highs, lows and whatevers: REALLY?!? Some members of the East Coweta High School Marching Band were burned ... Read More


Georgia Says

The Augusta (Georgia) Chronicle on unswerving ideals: He epitomized the expression "doing well by doing good." His chicken sandwiches made ... Read More


The president and ISIS

The greatest threat facing America is terrorism. Today, that terrorism shows its face through ISIS. They rape, torture and kill men, women a ... Read More

Take a moment

On this day in 2001, at 8:46 a.m. Eastern time, American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into floors 93-99 of the North Tower of the World Trade ... Read More