Nov 17


Record-Breaking Retention Rate

As the University of Georgia prepares to accept the first members of the Class of 2020, we remain confident this institution is doing all it can to not only recruit the best and brightest students but also to retain them and facilitate their successful degree completion.

Our freshman retention rate is the highest in the University’s history. Of the first-year students who began their academic careers at UGA last year, 95.2% returned for their second year this fall. The University’s 85.3% six-year graduation rate is also at an all-time high. Both of these numbers are well above the national averages and those of our peer institutions.

Nov 2


Spotlight on the Arts

The University of Georgia’s visual, performing, and literary arts create an enriching academic and cultural environment. During the fourth annual Spotlight on the Arts festival November 5-14, UGA students, faculty, and staff will join together to celebrate this unique aspect of our community with opera, theater, music, and dance performances; art gallery and library tours; a Shakespeare symposium; and book talks and sales.

The University will host an opening celebration that is free and open to the public on Wednesday, November 4 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center. This event will feature a welcome from University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby and a spectacular sample of student music, dance, and dramatic performances.

Oct 13



As the University of Georgia prepares to welcome thousands of alumni back to campus for the 2015 Homecoming weekend, let us remember the important role that our graduates play in the continued success of this institution.

University of Georgia alumni are making a difference in organizations and communities throughout Georgia and around the world. Our alumni include founders and owners of innovative businesses; executives in health care, finance, government, and philanthropy; scientists and medical professionals; educators and many more.

Oct 5


Science Education at UGA

Science education is flourishing at the University of Georgia. With record numbers of students enrolled in the College of Engineering, a state-of-the-art Science Learning Center under construction, and more than 30% of incoming first-year students declaring majors in science fields, the University’s leadership in STEM areas (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) is evident.

Sep 29


Athletic Association’s Support of Academics

The University of Georgia Athletic Association continues to demonstrate a deep commitment to UGA’s academic mission. For many years, the Association has provided an annual contribution to the UGA Foundation to support significant institutional priorities. The contributions, ranging in recent years between $4 million and $5 million, have totaled more than $28 million since fiscal year 2007. A significant portion of these funds has been used to support student scholarships, academic initiatives, and endowed faculty positions.

Sep 22


Business Learning Community

On September 18, the University of Georgia celebrated the completion of Phase I of the Terry College’s new Business Learning Community by dedicating Correll Hall and breaking ground on Amos Hall and Phase II of the project.  These state-of-the-art facilities are designed to elevate business education at UGA to a new level of excellence.

Sep 8


Farms, Factories, and Labs

I was pleased to participate in the third annual farm tour this week with Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black and Dean Scott Angle of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. We were joined by Chairman of the state House Appropriations Committee, Rep. Terry England; and Chairman of the state Senate Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committee, Sen. John Wilkinson.

Aug 31


Faculty Hiring Initiatives

Faculty play a vital role at the University of Georgia. Across disciplines, they conduct groundbreaking research and inspire student learning. Recruiting and retaining the very best faculty members remains a top priority of the institution, and, toward that end, UGA has introduced five major faculty hiring initiatives during the last two years.

Aug 17


Welcome UGA

As the 2015-2016 academic year begins, the University of Georgia community has much to celebrate. As you will see from this short video, it is certainly an exciting time at the nation’s first state-chartered university. Together, we are reaching new heights of academic excellence. Thank you for your continued support of UGA.

Aug 6


Incoming First-Year Class the Best Yet

The University of Georgia has once again enrolled a record-setting class of first-year students. The approximately 5,300 freshmen arriving on campus next week have an average GPA of 3.91 and an average SAT of 1301—the highest scores in the University’s 230-year history.

Jul 29


Class Size Initiative

The University of Georgia has announced a major faculty hiring initiative that will reduce class sizes, create new course sections, and increase students’ interaction with faculty. The new faculty members hired through this initiative will allow the University to add more than 300 new course sections in 81 majors and to reduce many class sizes to fewer than 20 students. Smaller class sizes will promote more personalized instruction and mentoring.

Jul 10


UGA Fundraising Reaches All-Time High

The University of Georgia community has joined together to set a new record in fundraising for a second consecutive year. In fiscal year 2015, 59,086 contributors donated nearly $144.2 million in gifts and pledges to advance the various missions of this great institution.

May 7


A Year to Remember at UGA

On Friday of this week, the University of Georgia will hold spring commencement ceremonies and welcome more than 5,600 students into the special family of UGA alumni.  As we prepare to close the book on one of the most successful years in the long history of this great institution, let us celebrate some of our major accomplishments from the 2014-2015 academic year.

Apr 27


Lincoln Project

Earlier this month, I was delighted to participate as a discussant in an Atlanta regional forum for the Lincoln Project. The Lincoln Project is a three-year initiative designed to identify and develop effective new strategies to address the challenges facing public research universities. The goal is to inspire new federal, corporate and philanthropic support to help advance public higher education in every state. Clearly this is important work and, on behalf of the University of Georgia, I am pleased to have a voice in the national conversation.

Mar 6


UGA is Flying High in Washington, DC

Last week, the University dedicated Delta Hall, our newest residential learning facility in Washington, DC.  For more than 15 years, UGA has been offering superb experiential learning opportunities to students in our nation’s capital.  Delta Hall will not only enhance the quality of these experiences but will also make them more accessible and more cost-effective for our students.

Jan 21


2015 State of the University

University of Georgia President Jere W. Morehead delivered the annual State of the University address Jan. 21 at 3:30 p.m. in the UGA Chapel. This year’s address focused on four areas: building a world-class learning environment, expanding the research enterprise, promoting prosperity, and securing the University’s long-term success.

Dec 10


Significant milestones

The Fall 2014 semester will come to a close next Friday, December 19, with two commencement ceremonies in Stegeman Coliseum. Ceremonies such as commencement are a very important and exciting part of academic life on the campus. We mark significant milestones in the lives of students and faculty by gathering in a common space for reflection and celebration.

Nov 20


Focused on Student Success

The University of Georgia has offered early admission for fall 2015 to the largest and most academically qualified pool of early applicants in the institution’s history. The University is on pace to continue the trend of enrolling the best and brightest students from this state and from across the nation. It is not enough, however, to enroll outstanding students. As a leading public research university, we also must create a learning environment on campus that promotes timely graduation, and we are. I am pleased to report that the graduation rates at UGA have reached record highs.

Nov 6


Spotlight on the Arts

The University of Georgia’s annual Spotlight on the Arts Festival begins November 6 and spans nine days.  The Office of the Provost established this initiative in 2011 to foster an awareness and appreciation of the arts.  Now in its third year, this festival is a vibrant thread in the fabric of intellectual life at UGA.

Oct 23


Expecting Excellence

Georgia Trend’s Susan Percy talked to President Jere W. Morehead in his office in Athens about the first year of his presidency, an upcoming capital campaign, a new emphasis on economic development and how he stays connected with the students.

Oct 7


UGA proposes new energy solution

When I became President on July 1, 2013, I expressed my support for finding a replacement to the University’s aging coal-fired boiler, which has served our campus nearly 50 years.  I am pleased that our Facilities Management Division (FMD) has now developed a proposal to replace this boiler with an electrode boiler.

Aug 20


Welcome back

Welcome back to the University of Georgia and the start of the 2014-15 academic year.  The University has enrolled a class of first-year students that, once again, has set a record for quality and academic achievement.  The 5,285 freshmen have entered UGA with an average high school GPA of 3.90, an average score of 1289 on the SAT and an average of 29 on the ACT.

Jul 31


The world is a classroom for UGA students

It takes a bold, inquisitive and adventurous student to seek out international learning opportunities. Thanks to the thousands of students willing to take these journeys and to the dedicated faculty and staff who make these opportunities possible and safe for students, UGA is helping to create a globally aware workforce better prepared for tomorrow’s challenges.

Jun 17


Research is non-stop at UGA

Even though it might seem that activity slows during the summer at UGA, our faculty members work non-stop year-round with their research to add to the knowledge base that makes our world a better place. Recently, some of our faculty members have produced groundbreaking research that will have an impact locally and globally.

Jun 9


Proud of our student-athletes

The softball, baseball, golf, tennis, track and field, and cross-country teams all competed with the true Bulldog spirit. From the softball team, Alex Hugo and Chelsea Wilkinson were named All-Americans, and from the tennis team, Nathan Pasha and the doubles team of Ben Wagland and Hernus Pieters made it into the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament and also were named All-Americans. I was honored to introduce swim team member Shannon Vreeland as the Boyd McWhorter SEC Female Athlete of the Year at the recent SEC annual meeting.

Jun 1


The future of science education begins

Preparatory work has begun for construction of the new Science Learning Center on Carlton Street next to D.W. Brooks Mall. Thanks to Governor Nathan Deal, the Georgia General Assembly, the University System Chancellor and the Board of Regents, we are moving forward with this facility that will transform science education on our campus.

May 27


Front and center

As I watched in awe at the creativity that was honored at the 73rd Annual Peabody Awards ceremony, I thought about a world, where despite our many challenges, excellence exists in so many places. I saw that excellence recognized in broadcast media as 46 recipients of the Peabody Awards accepted the industry’s most prestigious prize, presented by the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

May 12


Special recognition

Every day on this campus, dedicated faculty and staff carry out important work that supports the mission of the University of Georgia.  Much of that work goes unnoticed. One of those groups deserves our special attention and recognition.  For over two years, faculty and staff in the Office of the Vice President for Information Technology and the Office of the Vice President for Instruction, along with many other key individuals across the entire campus, have worked tirelessly to implement Athena, the new comprehensive information technology system at UGA. Athena replaces technologies and methods that had been in place for 30 years.  It provides a centralized source for student information, which will improve institutional planning, record-keeping, and decision-making.

May 2


An important milestone

Graduation ceremonies are an important part of the academic life of a university campus.  We take this time to mark an important milestone, and to celebrate with our graduates.

Apr 15


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


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


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


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


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 8


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


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


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 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.

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