Messages

Apr 15

2014

Athletes at their best

Congratulations to former UGA golfer Bubba Watson for winning his second Masters championship on Sunday, April 13.  He led a group of UGA golfers who played quite well at the annual tournament in Augusta, giving the University some remarkable national and international exposure.

But that exposure is just one of the many benefits of intercollegiate athletics at the University of Georgia.

Apr 3

2014

Honors Week

Honors Week, which runs from Monday, April 7 through Friday, April 11, is, in my mind, the most important week of the academic year at the University of Georgia.  During Honors Week we celebrate the excellence of our students, faculty, staff and alumni as it relates to our mission to teach, to conduct research and to serve the state of Georgia, the nation and the world.

Mar 17

2014

Residential experience in Washington

I spent a few days last week in Washington, DC with a group of first-year Foundation Fellows on their annual Spring Break trip to the nation’s capital, a tradition that I began as director of the Honors Program many years ago. UGA has always had a strong student presence in Washington through the Washington Semester Program, the Honors in Washington Internship Program and other programs managed by various colleges, schools and departments. I know from my own conversations with our students that their experiences in Washington have been invaluable.

Feb 24

2014

Miracles at work

I am very proud of UGA Miracle, a student-led organization which raised more than $500,000 last weekend for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta through a Dance Marathon held in the Tate Student Center, exceeding the organizers’ goal by almost $100,000.  More than 1,000 UGA students participated in the events.

Feb 14

2014

A message of appreciation from President Morehead

I want to express appreciation to those who worked, despite the weather, to keep our operations in good shape and to keep our many important efforts from losing momentum.  At the core, of course, is the academic enterprise.  We know many students used the extra time to good advantage to study course materials, prepare projects and remain prepared to return to class as soon as possible.  Faculty members began work immediately adjusting syllabi to assure that course materials are delivered both completely and with the quality we all expect

Jan 23

2014

2014 State of the University

It was a great privilege to deliver my first State of the University address in The Chapel on the afternoon of January 23.  A link to the full text is pasted below, but I would like to share one part of the speech with you here:  “We are perfectly positioned to excel.   We have an academically strong student body; a respected and talented faculty; a dedicated and energetic staff; and an economically growing state.  Working collectively, along with the ardent support of loyal alumni and friends, we can become one of America’s greatest public universities.  It is indeed an exciting time to be at the University of Georgia.”

Jan 8

2014

UGA’s core curriculum recognized for its strength

The University of Georgia’s core curriculum has been recognized for its strength in the annual “What Will They Learn?” report published by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni. We are privileged at UGA to enroll very strong, bright and committed students; we owe them an educational experience that is equal to their credentials. The recognition of our core curriculum from ACTA is evidence that we are providing just that kind of environment.

Dec 16

2013

UGA ranked No. 10 value by Kiplinger’s

The University of Georgia is ranked 10th this year – up five places from last year – in the Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine list of the best public colleges and universities in America.  The magazine cited a high four-year graduation rate, abundant financial aid and overall value in citing the university.

Dec 10

2013

The fall semester comes to a close

Ceremonies such as commencement are an important part of academic life.  We mark significant milestones in the life of the students and faculty by gathering in a common space to celebrate.  I look forward to these two ceremonies and the break that follows soon after, and I wish for you a peaceful holiday season.

Nov 25

2013

2013 Campaign for Charities

The University of Georgia’s annual Campaign for Charities is a little more than halfway compete, with the closing date of December 13 fast approaching.  I am pleased with the reports of campus participation so far, but am hopeful that our faculty and staff will be even more generous than ever before.

Nov 19

2013

What we do here matters

My core belief about the University of Georgia is a simple one: What we do here matters. It is important, and not just to the students and faculty and staff; it is important to the citizens of Georgia. It is important to my colleagues on the faculty, to the members of the Cabinet, to the deans, to the staff, to our alumni and to our students, who form the heart of our institution.

Oct 31

2013

Spotlight on the Arts

A university cannot be truly great without a strong, vibrant arts program.  The students, faculty and staff in the arts at UGA are among the best in the nation, and I am looking forward to the 2013 Spotlight on the Arts.

Oct 17

2013

UGA listed as one of 16 Innovation and Economic Prosperity Universities

Our service to Georgia’s economic development efforts has been recognized by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, which has designated the University of Georgia an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University, one of only 16 universities in the nation to receive the designation.

Oct 3

2013

National rankings reflect commitment of students, faculty and staff

The good work of our students, faculty and staff continues to result in recognition of UGA by various magazines and other ranking organizations Washington Monthly has us at #2 on the “Bang for the Buck” list of value for tuition paid, and we are on the “Public Ivies” list for the second year in a row.

Sep 12

2013

Funding approved for new Science Learning Center

UGA received some very good news this week when the University System Board of Regents placed our Science Learning Center on its capital projects list, which will be submitted to Governor Deal as part of the System’s FY 2015 budget request. This facility, which will provide much-needed classroom and laboratory space for our students, was the top priority I submitted to the Regents this year.

Sep 5

2013

Agriculture at UGA

UGA has a long history of supporting agriculture in Georgia through research, instruction and public service. As the state’s largest industry, agriculture is critically important to the economic health of Georgia; one of my primary areas of focus as President is connecting the resources of the university with the state’s economic development efforts.

Aug 27

2013

Thank you for your support

We announced some very good news this week at UGA - the eighth consecutive year of raising more than $100 million in new gifts and pledges in support of our mission. I am deeply grateful to our alumni, friends and supporters who have given generously to this university, and whose gifts have had a positive impact on our students, faculty, staff and, in many ways, the state of Georgia.

Aug 16

2013

Classes start at UGA with most qualified class in university history

This is always an exciting time, when the energy level on campus increases as 35,000 students return, but it is especially so this year for me as I have the honor of opening the term as the 22nd President.

Aug 16

2013

On the passing of former mayor Upshaw Bentley

The history of Athens cannot be written without the name of Upshaw Bentley. We honor his memory as a man who served individuals and the community without seeking recognition.

Aug 5

2013

Meaningful endings and exciting beginnings

Two traditions at UGA mark the start of the fall semester – summer commencement and the New Faculty Tour.  With students moving in this week, it won’t be long before UGA is back to its true calling – teaching, research and service.

Jul 23

2013

Undergraduate research at UGA

UGA’s Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities was recently recognized by the Public University Honors website for its role in introducing undergraduate students to the research mission here.

Jul 11

2013

The Economic Impact of UGA

Our core mission is academics, of course, and that is my focus as president. But a university of this size, with a student body of nearly 35,000 and an annual budget of some $1.3 billion, is also an economic force for its home area.

Jul 1

2013

Getting to work

I am deeply honored to serve as President of the University of Georgia, and am grateful for the opportunity to continue to work with the thousands of dedicated and committed faculty, staff and administrators who strive to support the mission of this university.  It is especially humbling as an alumnus to serve as the leader of this great institution, and I am grateful to the Board of Regents, the Chancellor and the Governor for this opportunity.

Public Appearances

Feb 26

2014

UGA Students – A Force for Good in Athens

I want to talk to you today about our students as citizens of Athens.  More importantly, I want to make the case that our students are a force for good in this community far beyond the economic benefits they bring to Athens.

Feb 17

2014

Athens Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting

Good evening.  Thank you, Doc, for that introduction and for your service to this community.  

Dec 13

2013

UGA Fall 2013 Commencement, Undergraduate Ceremony

That is my charge to you this morning:  Be of good service.  You are now ambassadors of America’s first state-chartered university and one of its great land-grant institutions.

Nov 19

2013

Investiture Address

The University of Georgia has a hallowed and honorable history, yet I am certain its best days lie ahead. It has touched the lives of many thousands of persons – most importantly students, but also faculty, staff and many more Georgians who, though not graduates, have nevertheless been impacted by its capacity to serve the State of Georgia over these many long years.

Oct 29

2013

Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce Economic Luncheon

Augusta sends us many good students, and I thank you for doing so. The most recent enrollment numbers show 738 students from the four-county area. There are more than 5,000 UGA alumni here as well. One of the real pleasures of this job is traveling the state and meeting people who love the University of Georgia.

Oct 22

2013

Reaching New Heights

I believe that in earning a UGA degree, students take on an obligation to give back. UGA people should be the ones who make communities better, just as the university strives to make this state better.  This is the role of the public university. I am grateful to the Regents, Chancellor Huckaby and Governor Deal for the opportunity to serve in this capacity. It is a dream come true to lead Georgia’s flagship university and the first state-chartered university in America.

Aug 2

2013

2013 Summer Commencement

As a fellow alumnus, it is my honor to welcome you to the worldwide community of UGA graduates, some 285,000 strong. We are loyal, we are devoted, we are proud – and we make a difference.

Feb 4

2013

Announcement of Jere W. Morehead as 22nd President of UGA

Becoming President of the University of Georgia obviously is a dream come true for a UGA graduate who has spent more than half of his life on this campus.  While the University of Georgia faces many economic challenges, if we focus on our academic priorities we can and will reach new heights. 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.  This belief will be the filter through which I will make decisions about how I spend both my time and the University’s resources in the coming years.