Jere W. Morehead
President Jere W. Morehead began his tenure as the 22nd University of Georgia President on July 1, 2013. Under his leadership, the University has risen in the rankings of the best public colleges and universities and has completed a series of initiatives to enhance student learning and success, including a requirement for experiential learning for all undergraduates.
Additionally, the University already has surpassed the $1.2 billion goal of its ongoing fundraising campaign and launched an Innovation District initiative to create UGA’s campus of the future, where students and faculty will partner with industry to generate ideas and solutions to continue the University’s role as a powerful driver of economic development in Georgia. Research expenditures have increased 30 percent in the past five years, and UGA was the top U.S. institution for products based on university research reaching the marketplace in 2018.
In keeping with his focus on student success, President Morehead launched the ALL Georgia Program to support students from rural areas and created the Double Dawgs program, which enables students to save time and money by earning an undergraduate and graduate degree in five years or less. UGA graduates are in demand: in 2018, 96 percent of graduates were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation.
President Morehead has served the University of Georgia since 1986 in both faculty and administrative roles. Before becoming President, he was Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost from 2010 to 2013. Prior to 2010, he held several key administrative assignments, including Vice President for Instruction, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Associate Provost and Director of the Honors Program, and acting Executive Director of Legal Affairs.
He is the Meigs Professor of Legal Studies in the Terry College of Business, where he has held a faculty appointment since 1986. He is a co-author of several books and book chapters, including The Legal and Regulatory Environment of Business, and he has published scholarly articles on legal topics ranging from export controls to jury selection. He has served as Editor-in-Chief of the American Business Law Journal.
His external service currently includes serving as Co-Chair of the University Leadership Forum, a national initiative led by the Council on Competitiveness to expand the role of American higher education in the global innovation economy. He is Vice President of the Southeastern Conference and a member of the SEC Executive Committee, which oversees the financial and fiscal affairs of the SEC. He also serves as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Presidential Forum and the NCAA Legislative Working Group on Name, Image, and Likeness. Additional service includes membership on the boards of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Research Alliance, University System of Georgia Foundation, Atlanta Regional Council for Higher Education, and Emory University Candler School of Theology. He also serves on the Association for Public and Land-grant Universities Committee of Research Intensive Universities.
President Morehead has received several University-wide teaching awards, including the Josiah Meigs Award—UGA’s highest honor for teaching excellence, the Richard B. Russell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, the Teacher of the Year Award in the Terry College of Business, and the Lothar Tresp Outstanding Honors Professor Award.
He holds a bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University and a law degree from the University of Georgia.