The search committee selecting a replacement for retiring University of Georgia President Michael Adams didn't have to look far. The Board of Regents just announced that Provost Jere Morehead, the No. 2 man under Adams, is on track for a promotion in June. Here's the news release:
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.
The board's next meeting is scheduled for Feb. 13 in Atlanta.
Morehead said in a written statement: "I am honored and humbled to have been selected by the Chancellor, the Chairman, and the Board of Regents as the finalist for President of the University of Georgia. I look forward to making further statements regarding this wonderful opportunity to continue serving the University of Georgia after the board completes its process in the coming days."