One finalist for UGA president: Jere Morehead

Jere Morehead will be the new president of UGA pending Regents approval. He already works for UGA.

Jere Morehead will be the new president of UGA pending Regents approval. He already works for UGA.

Sounds like the University of Georgia has a new president:

From the Board of Regents:

Board of Regents Chair “Dink” Nesmith and University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby have announced the name of the finalist for the University of Georgia presidency, Jere Morehead.

Morehead is currently the senior vice president for Academic Affairs and provost at UGA. He previously served as UGA’s vice president for Instruction, vice provost for Academic Affairs, director of the Honors Program, and acting executive director of Legal Affairs.

In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Morehead is the Meigs Professor of Legal Studies in the Terry College of Business where he has had a faculty appointment since 1986.

In his current position, the deans of the various schools and colleges report to Morehead, as well as several vice presidents. Several other campus units report to the provost including the University Libraries, the Office of International Education, the Office of Institutional Diversity, the Office of Academic Planning, Honors Program, and the Museum of Art.

Morehead also serves as vice chair of the Georgia Athletic Association Board of Directors, vice chair of the UGA Research Foundation, a UGA Foundation Trustee, and a UGA Real Estate Foundation Trustee.

Morehead has published numerous books and scholarly articles on several legal topics ranging from export controls to jury selection, and he has served as editor-in-chief of the American Business Law Journal.

He is the recipient of several University-wide teaching awards, including the Josiah Meigs Teaching Award, the highest award the University provides for teaching excellence, the Richard B. Russell Undergraduate Teaching Award, the Teacher of the Year in the Terry College of Business, and the Tresp Teaching Award in the Honors Program.

He has served as a visiting faculty member at the University of Michigan and served as an assistant United States attorney with the Department of Justice from 1980-86.

He is a 1980 graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law where he earned his J.D. degree.

The Board of Regents will take final action on the selection of the next president of UGA at a future meeting.

–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog

47 comments Add your comment

jarvis

January 28th, 2013
3:00 pm

JB

January 28th, 2013
3:07 pm

Is he a football fan and does he want to be a Champion? With him serving on the Athletic board there is a glimmer of hope he desires to be the best and likes sports.

blazerdawg

January 28th, 2013
3:09 pm

Great selection! Way to think outside the box by staying in the box this time.

Good luck Dr. Morehead!

luckysnap

January 28th, 2013
3:11 pm

He will be better than Adams.

Barry

January 28th, 2013
3:14 pm

I could not be happier with this choice. I had Professor Morehead for several classes in both business and law school. He was without a doubt the best and most caring faculty member I had in my years at UGA. Fantastic choice–this is a great day for all those that truly care about UGA!

Go Dawgs

JK

January 28th, 2013
3:16 pm

Impressive resume

Grits

January 28th, 2013
3:16 pm

As an alum I sure am glad they are not pulling in some wacko from the west coast.

Voice of Reason

January 28th, 2013
3:17 pm

A man of integrity and utter dedication to UGA. I cannot imagine a better choice. Best of luck!

Owl

January 28th, 2013
3:19 pm

Provost Morehead will be a fantastic new president! Many of us who went through the Honors College know him well and appreciate the changes he’ll bring!

PHD

January 28th, 2013
3:20 pm

Interesting choice if that’s it. Definitely a good man who has earned his stripes. Perhaps he has the abilities but would have thought that would have gone with someone with experience in either building / experience with an Engineering or Medical School. Should be able to unify the current faculty though.

Ben

January 28th, 2013
3:20 pm

Mr. Morehead was my instructor in Business Law during my freshman year at UGA and was a darn good one at that. Anyone who can make law and litigation interesting to an 18 yr old is impressive in hindsight.

CB

January 28th, 2013
3:26 pm

mr. morehead is a great guy and i hope he keeps it in his head that UGA is a school and works on improving that instead of catering to the moronic rednecks who are completely unaffiliated with the institution and only care about a stupid game a few days of the year.

UGA Alumni

January 28th, 2013
3:26 pm

Excellent selection. Mr. Morehead deserves to be the next President as he has done an outstanding job for the University throughout his career. Congratulations to Mr. Morehead

Bright Idea

January 28th, 2013
3:27 pm

He has been promoted during Adams’ tenure. Does he owe him? Will Adams remain in his ear when he(Adams) inevitably gets appointed to the BOR? Just asking.

SH

January 28th, 2013
3:28 pm

This is wonderful news! The university will be in experienced and capable hands.

SKB

January 28th, 2013
3:29 pm

Not excited about an internal hire… I was hoping for a provost or vice president from another institution who has experience with medical and engineering programs. He has an impressive resume.. but this is a crucial time in UGA history when they have 2 critical start up programs .. he does not have the experience or qualifications.

anon

January 28th, 2013
3:30 pm

I worked for Jere while he headed UGA’s legal affairs. Outstanding choice, in my opinion. Intellect, integrity and a proven track record of dedication to the University.

anon

January 28th, 2013
3:31 pm

I worked for Jere while he headed UGA’s Office of Legal Affairs. Oustanding choice, in my opinion. Integrity, intellect and proven track record of dedication to the University.

Barry Hollander

January 28th, 2013
3:33 pm

Morehead is a terrific choice.

Pete

January 28th, 2013
3:35 pm

Seems like a great choice with deep ties to UGA, unlike Adams when he was hired. Adams was never relly accepted by most UGA alumni. He was too much of an outsider. He takes credit for the improvement in UGA’s academic rise to prominence, but that was really more a result of the HOPE scholarship rather than anything Adams did. I say good riddance and welcome the appointment of Dr. Morehead. I think he will be a great one.

pb

January 28th, 2013
3:36 pm

Good choice, by all accounts. Main question is, will Adams have any influence on him, since he worked in his administration? Mr. Morehead would do well to avoid the stink of Dr. Adams, and anything to do with him. Adams may have been popular with Board of Regents, but that was about it. Faculty and staff and students did not really like or trust him. A slick smooth operator was what he really was, more than a good college president.

clem

January 28th, 2013
3:40 pm

where did he do undergraduate work? seems like solid choice.

Dusty

January 28th, 2013
3:41 pm

Never heard of Dr. Morehead. That’s a good sign.

badbrad23

January 28th, 2013
3:41 pm

Excellent choice; why do maintaining academic integrity and having a great sports program have to be mutually exclusive? Congratulations Dr Morehead. Good news for the Dawgs.

Skokie Dog

January 28th, 2013
3:48 pm

He’s a shoo in for being an improvement over the jackass Adams, unless as others have noted above, Adams continues to wield influence over decisions yet to be made. Having won a few teaching awards, it’s likely that Dr. Morehead will be cognizant of the importance of teaching undergraduate students. If he improves that aspect of U.Ga., he’ll be a worthy choice for the post.

Mountain Man

January 28th, 2013
3:52 pm

Probably hand-picked by Adams as successor. In other words, a clone. Expect the same shoddy work as Adams.

Joseph

January 28th, 2013
4:01 pm

I hope he brings back tailgating!! Not being able to tailgate until 7am sucks!!

DeezNutz

January 28th, 2013
4:11 pm

I guess Mountain Man didn’t bother to read any of the glowing posts before contributing his simple logic based in assumptions and paranoia. Sounds like Dr. Morehead has got an extensive record of integrity amongst former students and faculty. Which doesn’t sound like Adams at all. If he is a hand-picked successor by Adams, then maybe Adams finally got it right. Better late than never.

NCDawg

January 28th, 2013
4:15 pm

Not Dr. Morehead–Professor Morehead. He has a JD, not a Ph.D. But he should be an excellent choice. Brilliant, excellent communicator, well connected with donors, etc.

DeezNutz

January 28th, 2013
4:21 pm

I always wondered why a JD wasn’t annointed the Dr. title even though it’s a Juris Doctor or Doctor of Law. Still doesn’t make sense to me but, hey what do I care.

Bright Idea

January 28th, 2013
4:25 pm

Medical doctors tend not to like lawyers so calling lawyers doctors might create a fuss!

DeezNutz

January 28th, 2013
4:42 pm

I still can’t bring myself to call someone with a Ph.D in English Lit. or something like that, “Doctor.” My dad had a Ph.D and the only time I ever heard someone refer to him as Dr. Nutz was when I called his office and the receptionist answered the phone and corrected me when I asked for Fred Nutz. “You mean Dr. Nutz?,” she said. Uh, no I meant the other Fred Nutz in the office. I should have asked the receptionist if the Doctor had my test results back yet from the lab yet.

Lorenzo

January 28th, 2013
4:57 pm

I hope he is not under the influence of Adams and likker man.

YoMama

January 28th, 2013
5:08 pm

Morehead is a man of deep loyalty to UGA, completely dedicated to the students, and a huge Dawgs fan. McGarity loves him and we will have the best university and the best sports program in the country, while remaining true to the highest ethical standards possible. A truly great choice! Go Dawgs.

AlpharettaMike

January 28th, 2013
5:23 pm

Congratulations. President Morehead will definitely be a boon to UGA. His tenure will mark UGA’s catapult from where it is now to where it aspires to be. As director of the UGA Honors program, I can’t think of anyone who is more qualified than Jere Morehead. He knows about research, he communicates with students and faculty, he is very accomplished academically.

Phenomenal choice. The fact that he himself is a UGA alumni and faculty member will be great. Many complained that Adams didn’t pay any mind to faculty. He’s been at UGA forever, and he knows the school inside out. I’m sure this is a welcomed change.

Adams has had a shaky tenure, but overall, he’s been very good to UGA. Perhaps, someone else would’ve been better, but I can’t argue that he’s fought tooth and nail for key tools needed to push UGA to the next level of top tier research universities.

Go Dawgs!

RCB

January 28th, 2013
5:57 pm

He sounds very qualified, and to have so many students think he was a great teacher says a lot. Good luck to Mr. Morehouse. Maybe I’ll start donating to UGA again!

david wilson

January 28th, 2013
6:44 pm

Unfortunately in my experience with him, he was a scared, angry person who was threatened by any female with an opinion. He is mysogynistic in the worst way. I feel like the university has taken a step backward.

cmac

January 28th, 2013
7:03 pm

Great selection. I had Professor Morehead for for a legal studies class back in 1986. He was a fantastic teacher & had great empathy for the student. He provided a challenging class and I looked forward to every one (I don;t even think I skipped it for even a day!). I have seen Professor Morehead at alot of UGA sporting events through the years, so I know he has a passion for athletics. Congratulations to him … he will do an awesome job.

Matthew

January 28th, 2013
7:06 pm

Good to see a person work hard earn this great opportunity.

Mutt

January 28th, 2013
8:49 pm

Provost Morehead is absolutely dedicated to the University. Great choice for the Presidency.

ME

January 28th, 2013
8:51 pm

Bachelor of Arts in 1977 from Ga State

Moist Dawg

January 28th, 2013
9:10 pm

So they showed all his fancy credentals but never even mentioned if he ever played football. Is he even a fan? Im afraid mabey we might have another Adams on our hands.

NavyMan

January 29th, 2013
2:36 am

What a glorious day for the University of Georgia?! This man has spent his entire career serving our great university. I worked with him as a student leader on campus, and I have never seen someone more dedicated to the students and faculty. The future is looking bright for UGA!

SH

January 29th, 2013
10:08 am

Surprised to see the comment above that Provost Morehead is “threatened by any female with an opinion.” Two of the five vice presidents who report to him (and were appointed during his tenure as provost) are female, as is the vice provost. Several deans and associate provosts (who also report to him) are female.

LR

January 29th, 2013
10:37 am

Jere is a safe choice. Do not expect any bold initiative unless he is convinced majority supports it. He is a known quantity and his behavior is predictable. The regents, administrators and compliant faculty like it that way. He is definite improvement over Mike Adams.

NormaSmith

January 29th, 2013
1:59 pm

This is an excellent pick for UGA’s president! He matriculated into college at 16! Truly a bright man. I wish him and UGA well!

Norma

LawDawg

January 29th, 2013
6:04 pm

Jere Morehead is an excellent choice for the job, as he has dedicated countless hours in many years to the university and to the students. I would also completely disagree with comments that he is “threatened by any female.” Over the years, he has helped to promote the careers of many female students, helping them to gain important positions in many different fields, particularly women lawyers.