It’s official: Michael Adams leaves UGA next year

The AJC reported this yesterday, but here is an official announcement from the Board of Regents, chancellor and governor:

Today’s announcement by University of Georgia President Michael Adams that he will step down on June 30, 2013, will mark the conclusion of 16 years leading one of the nation’s top public universities. In response to Adams’ announcement, Governor Nathan Deal, Board of Regents Chairman Benjamin Tarbutton III and University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby each made a statement.

Governor Nathan Deal said, “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.”

Tarbutton said, “Dr. Adams has transformed UGA during his years as president. Once I was named to the Board of Regents, I began to see first hand how his sure hand and sound leadership was creating a world-class research university. 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.”

Huckaby noted that he had observed President Adams in his work both outside and inside UGA. “I have seen Dr. Adams dedicated work on behalf of UGA throughout his tenure. I was fortunate to work in his administration and witnessed first hand his efforts to make the University a nationally recognized institution, respected for its teaching, its research and its public service. Georgia has been extremely fortunate to have brought Dr. Adams to UGA and his record is one that has put the University in a much stronger position than before he arrived. We thank him for his service and his leadership.”

–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog

28 comments Add your comment

mountain man

May 3rd, 2012
11:56 am

He leaves behind a legacy of 300% increase in tuition and fees in 10 years – 30% per year.

Burroughston Broch

May 3rd, 2012
12:23 pm

I suspect that the next President will be more focused on athletics and less on academics. That will please the majority of the alumni and the contributors with deep pockets.

EEPlan

May 3rd, 2012
12:33 pm

good news!!! Ga needs to hire an alum to run the school—someone who understands the importance of athletics and football to the school

BT

May 3rd, 2012
12:47 pm

In leadership, one thing is for certain…you can’t please everybody!!

Prof

May 3rd, 2012
12:52 pm

I suspect that the next President will be 50 or under and briskly committed to cutting the budget wherever possible… getting rid of longtime University power-brokers, low enrolled departments and programs, and inefficient offices. Individual colleges may well be restructured for greater savings. He/she will likely be a hatchet-man/woman, in other words.

It’s probably not going to be a pleasant time for the faculty, whoever is chosen. I know that many have been fairly disenchanted with President Adams, but they may look back to his term with nostalgia.

Inman Park Boy

May 3rd, 2012
1:25 pm

UGA has become impossible to attend for most Georgia students. $4000.00 per semester just for tuition? Are you kidding me? No wonder HOPE is running dry. Many of these “professors” are FAR overpaid.

C'mon, Inman Park...

May 3rd, 2012
1:34 pm

…UGA’s tuition is not any more or less than other “state” universities – it is how the money is spent that needs tweaking…

C'mon, Inman Park...

May 3rd, 2012
1:35 pm

…UGA’s in-state tuition costs are about the same as AL, UF, Clemson, SC, Auburn, Ohio State, UNC, and less than UVA…it’s the way the money is spent that needs tweaking…

Prof

May 3rd, 2012
1:50 pm

@ Inman Park Boy, 1:25 pm: “…Many of these “professors” are FAR overpaid.”

If so, they were “overpaid” 4 going on 5 years ago, for none of the USG professors have had a raise since 2008 and won’t next year either.

'09 Grad

May 3rd, 2012
2:08 pm

UGA has improved as much as it has during Adams’ tenure despite, not because of his “leadership”. Many of our state’s brightest now choose to stay in state because it is essentially free to get an education from a top 20 public school, not because we spent $46 million on a “Special Collections Library”. Adams accepted raises while members of the faculty were losing their jobs (the latter couldn’t have been avoided, more than can be said for the former), created a toxic relationship between the University and its foundation (requiring an entirely new entity to be created in its stead, a waste of time and resources) and alienated quite a few influential alumni. Also before some Techie hater gets on here and points it out, we realize that a 300% increase over 10 years is actually a 14.9% increase per year.

jconservative

May 3rd, 2012
2:12 pm

The Regents need to hire someone who understands the insignificance of athletics and football in the real academic world.

GSU Dawg

May 3rd, 2012
2:27 pm

Dude was terrible. Not one national title under his watch!

Dr. Craig Spinks/ Georgians for Educational Excellence

May 3rd, 2012
2:32 pm

Prof,

You’re not only a smart but also a wise person.

By the way, folks in GAPubED outside UGA should look for “a night of the long knives” as well. Spending the multi-billions that we do on GAPubEd has resulted in misallocations of resources. Finding people able and willing to identify these misallocations and combining these experts with politicos and EdAdmins who possess the courage to excise these misallocations will be a herculean task.

catlady

May 3rd, 2012
3:06 pm

Don’t worry about M Adams,however. He will land in a cushy job that only requires him to teach one class every few years at $100,000 plus in one of the University’s “Institutes.” His predecessors have!

A Conservative Voice

May 3rd, 2012
3:29 pm

I know the “Athletic Department” and all of Vince’s loyalists are extremely happy today.

william price

May 3rd, 2012
3:37 pm

The sooner the better!

Jack

May 3rd, 2012
3:53 pm

Dooley is giggling somewhere.

GSU Dawg

May 3rd, 2012
4:47 pm

Until we get a President in here that understands college football and what it takes we need to keep searching. We need to check into Alabamas President department or Ohio States!

FakeProf

May 3rd, 2012
5:57 pm

@Prof, you are overpaid, and don’t need a raise. Validate your value you add to students intellectually. Oh, you research, they never see you. One Professor can teach all students in one subject, no need for different sections with different professors at different times and days. You can videotape the lectures that Grad Assts do and put them online for students to view. Turn the lights off in the classrooms and close the doors. Overpaid is generous.

mountain man

May 3rd, 2012
6:10 pm

“a 300% increase over 10 years is actually a 14.9% increase per year.”

Sorry, I forgot the compounding. Yes that sounds a lot better, especially since general inflation has been nearly zero lately and very few people have been getting raises (except Adams, of course). So 15% per year is probably at least 5 times the inflation rate. How is that new student center? very nice.

'09 Grad

May 3rd, 2012
6:20 pm

Agreed, mountain man. The point still stands.

mountain man

May 3rd, 2012
6:52 pm

Someone mentioned on another blog that Adams oversaw a billion dollars of new construction. Wonder where that money came from?

Archie@Arkham Asylum

May 3rd, 2012
8:19 pm

Go Dawgs! Woof! Woof! Woof!

driverate

May 4th, 2012
6:41 am

The worst thing UGA could do is hire a president who concerns themselves too much with the trials and tribulations of the football team. For far too many people, UGA is only about football (many of these did not actually attend UGA), and its reputation as a serious university suffers for it. UGA football gets more ink for arrests than titles, all one must do is look at the endowments at UNC and UVA to realize it isn’t all about football.

Prof

May 4th, 2012
11:22 am

@ FakeProf, May 3rd, 5:57 pm: ” @Prof, you are overpaid, and don’t need a raise. Validate your value you add to students intellectually. Oh, you research, they never see you. One Professor can teach all students in one subject, no need for different sections with different professors at different times and days. You can videotape the lectures that Grad Assts do and put them online for students to view. Turn the lights off in the classrooms and close the doors. Overpaid is generous.”

What a ridiculous idea of what college classes are like. You’ve obviously never had first-hand contact with them.

You seem to be suggesting that all Universities can be online; that Graduate Assistants do anything more than assist in grading papers and tests; that there’s no difference between beginning classes and graduate classes…. really weird post.

GSU Alum

May 4th, 2012
11:47 am

We need a president that understands a spread offense

Dr. Clete Bulach

May 7th, 2012
10:16 am

I hope the next person they hire will be a servant leader–one who is more concerned about faculty and students than self. In my opinion, Dr. Adams was a self-serving leader who was more concerned with what he was getting than what faculty and students were getting. Just look at his salary, his severance, and his retirement. He gets all that money when everyone else is suffering from his tuition increases. If that isn’t self-serving what is?

Prof

May 7th, 2012
10:39 am

@ Dr. Clete Bulach.

My cynical thought about Adams’ severance and retirement package was that possibly it was pay-out money for leaving.

New Chancellor, several new USG Presidents within the last few years, including GSU and GT, steady decline in state tax monies coming in… excellent timing. See my post above at May 3, 12:52 pm.