Lincoln Project

April 27, 2015
by Jere W. Morehead, President

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 nationwide dialogue is being led by co-chairs Dr. Robert Birgeneau, Chancellor Emeritus of the University of California-Berkeley, and Dr. Mary Sue Coleman, President Emerita of the University of Michigan.

It came as no surprise to the presidents gathered that we quickly found common ground in our conversation. All of us realize that our institutions must become more entrepreneurial and that our path-setting research must act as a catalyst to advance the quality of life and economies of the states and nation we serve.  It was a privilege to join my University System of Georgia colleagues, Dr. Bud Peterson of Georgia Tech and Dr. Mark Becker of Georgia State, as well as Dr. Carlton Brown of Clark Atlanta, Dr. Jim Wagner of Emory, and Dr. Robert Franklin of Morehouse—among others—for this stimulating conversation.

The chairs of the Lincoln Project plan to issue a report on their findings by Spring 2016. Their 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.