Messages

Nov 26

2019

Thankful for You

At this time of year when we reflect on all we are thankful for, I want to take this opportunity to express my deep gratitude to the Bulldog family—the dedicated faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends of the University of Georgia who are helping to advance the mission of this great institution. Because of your strong commitment to UGA, we are making a profound impact on Georgia and the world. I wish all of you a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday.

Nov 12

2019

Leading the Fight Against the Flu

This fall, the University of Georgia received the largest research award in our history--a contract with the National Institutes of Health for up to $130 million--to develop a universal flu vaccine that would fight a number of influenza strains at once, for several years at a time. UGA’s investments in biomedical sciences, particularly in the area of infectious diseases, make us eminently qualified to play a key role in this national initiative.

Oct 24

2019

Ocean Sciences Instructional Center

This week, the University dedicated the Ocean Sciences Instructional Center, marking a new era at the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography. Since becoming part of UGA in 2013, the Skidaway Institute has significantly added to UGA’s ability to carry out our sea-grant mission. We are grateful to the donors and state and local leaders who supported the transformation of this 1948 cattle barn into a state-of-the-art educational and outreach facility. The Skidaway Institute is now poised to make even greater contributions to our state and the world, expanding UGA’s reach as a leading public research university.

Oct 15

2019

Shaping Our Future

The 2019 President’s Annual Report highlights major accomplishments from the previous academic year. What we do here maters—we are shaping the future of our state, nation, and world. I am proud of all that we are accomplishing together, and I remain grateful for everything our faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends continue to do to advance the University of Georgia.

Oct 8

2019

Advancing UGA’s Great Commitments

At the University of Georgia, initiatives are underway to advance our Great Commitments of Healthier People, A More Secure Future, and Stronger Communities. Last year, I charged a working group--comprised of faculty, staff, and students and chaired by our Vice President for Public Service and Outreach--with developing programs to further engage the campus community in the grand challenges of our time. The group submitted its final report last fall, and their ideas are already making a difference.

Sep 24

2019

Innovation District Update

The Innovation District at UGA is advancing in earnest with inaugural programs such as the Innovation Fellows, Startup Mentor in Residence, Innovation District Seminar Series, and Innovation Bootcamp, as well as approval for the renovation of the Spring Street Building in downtown Athens.

Sep 10

2019

Completion of the Business Learning Community

The University of Georgia has provided students with a world-class business education for more than 100 years. Last week, we celebrated the new home of the Terry College of Business and the facilities that will support teaching, research, and service that produces business leaders and strengthens our economy for the next 100 years.

Aug 27

2019

College of Environment and Design's 50th Anniversary

Since its inception, the University of Georgia has blazed new trails in higher education. Among our many achievements is the establishment of the School of Environmental Design, which in 1969 became the first and largest of its kind in the Southeast. Today, the College of Environment and Design (CED) is a national and international leader in multiple fields and specializations related to landscape architecture, historic preservation, and planning.

Aug 14

2019

Shaping the Future

At the University of Georgia, we are working every day to shape the future of our world. We are helping our students learn and succeed at the highest levels, creating jobs and training leaders, driving innovation and discovery, and solving problems for Georgia and beyond. As we welcome faculty, staff, and students back for another exciting year, we are committed to doing even more to impact the world around us.

Jul 30

2019

Summer Experiential Learning

The University of Georgia ensures that every undergraduate student engages in experiential learning--connecting their academic foundations to the world beyond the classroom--before they graduate. Summer is an ideal time for students to participate in research, internships, service-learning, study abroad, and other opportunities that achieve this goal.

Jul 18

2019

The Extraordinary Commitment of UGA Donors

Once again, UGA donors have demonstrated their extraordinary commitment to amplifying the positive impact of our faculty, staff, and students on the world. In fiscal year 2019, donors contributed $224 million in new gifts and pledges to increase scholarship support for students, enhance the learning environment, and solve grand challenges through research and service.

Jul 2

2019

UGA Mentor Program

Mentors play a valuable role in the lives of students, adding depth and direction to their academic pursuits. Fortunately, UGA alumni are eager to support current students as they explore possible career paths and life goals, and our students are excited to connect with members of the Bulldog family who can provide inspiration and guidance. To link our alumni and students in this meaningful way, the University has created the UGA Mentor Program.

Jun 18

2019

Active Learning at UGA

Faculty at the University of Georgia are passionate about teaching. Dozens of faculty have participated in UGA's Active Learning Summer Institute, now in its second year, to discover new ways to engage their students in the learning process. The intensive, multi-week institute, which is led by UGA's Center for Teaching and Learning, is open to full-time faculty at all levels. As a leader in higher education, UGA is committed to helping faculty incorporate this and other evidence-based instructional methods to ensure maximum learning for our students.

Jun 4

2019

Celebrating 50 Years of UGA Cortona

This summer marks the 50th anniversary of the UGA Studies Abroad Program in Cortona, Italy. Alumni and supporters of this renowned program will join current students, faculty, and staff at UGA's picturesque campus this week to celebrate this significant milestone. UGA Cortona provides courses year-round in science, business, agriculture, and other disciplines in addition to art and has educated approximately 10,000 students from 400 different institutions. Even as the program has grown, it has maintained its unique quality and character as a vehicle for intercultural understanding and authentic engagement between our students and faculty and the people of Cortona.

May 21

2019

Expanding Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Students

Students at the University of Georgia have more opportunities than ever to turn their research into commercial products and pursue their own startup ventures. UGA now has two spaces on campus dedicated to student innovation and entrepreneurship. The Student Entrepreneurship Center, known as Studio 225, provides a focal point for UGA's Entrepreneurship Program. The Launch Pad, which opened last fall in Creswell Hall, is a living-learning community for first-year students and features amenities, such as a 3-D printer, that promote productivity and interaction among residents.

May 8

2019

Thanks to UGA Faculty and Staff

Thanks to the hard work of faculty and staff, the achievements of the University of Georgia over the past academic year have been truly remarkable. I wish all of our faculty and staff a productive summer as we continue our efforts to expand the impact of this great university throughout the state of Georgia, across the nation, and around the world. With outstanding faculty, staff, and students leading the way, no achievement is beyond our reach.

Apr 12

2019

Alice H. Richards Children's Garden

The State Botanical Garden is one of Georgia's treasures. This public service and outreach unit of the University of Georgia serves our state in a number of ways. Conservation and research staff help to preserve Georgia's native plants and promote biodiversity. Educators offer classes to learners of all ages in subjects ranging from horticulture to photography. The trails and display gardens present a spectacular variety of flora and fauna for visitors to enjoy. And now the Alice H. Richards Children's Garden provides a lively space for families to engage with nature, history, and the arts.

Mar 22

2019

Student Tour of Georgia

Students are an integral part of the University of Georgia's land-grant and sea-grant mission. Twenty-six of our outstanding students recently spent their spring break learning more about our state and how UGA serves its citizens by participating in the inaugural Student Tour of Georgia. Organized by the Division of Public Service and Outreach and the Division of Student Affairs, the tour stopped in 13 cities throughout Georgia. Some of the destinations included the Washington County Archway Partnership in Sandersville; UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant on Skidaway Island; and Pinewood Studios in Fayetteville, which is partnering with UGA on a new master's program focused on film, television, and digital media.

Mar 8

2019

Sowing Success through Seed Grants

The grand challenges facing our state, nation, and world require comprehensive, integrated approaches. One of the goals of the University of Georgia, as we expand our institution's research enterprise, is to support projects that achieve this aim. The Interdisciplinary Seed Grant program is fostering research partnerships among our faculty that cross traditional academic boundaries to generate new external funding for important projects that will help to improve health, strengthen communities, and secure our future.

Feb 22

2019

Celebrating a Campaign Milestone

Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of our faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends, UGA’s Commit to Georgia campaign has reached its $1.2 billion goal 16 months ahead of schedule. This thrilling milestone was made possible by donations from nearly 150,000 contributors who are helping the University increase scholarship support for students, enhance the learning environment, and solve grand challenges for our state and the world.

Feb 8

2019

Strengthening Our Economy through Research and Innovation

As Georgia's flagship land-grant and sea-grant university, UGA is committed to addressing the economic needs of our state. The University contributes an estimated $6.3 billion to the state's economy each year by educating Georgia’s citizens, working with community and industry partners, and growing research and innovation.

Jan 30

2019

2019 State of the University Address

President Morehead delivered the 2019 State of the University Address.

Jan 15

2019

UGA Research Making an Impact

Through their research, UGA faculty are addressing many of the grand challenges facing our society. From ensuring the safety of our food and water supplies to fighting infectious diseases, UGA research is improving lives in Georgia and around the world. The work of our faculty is gaining national and international recognition along the way.

Dec 11

2018

A Wonderful Year

As we close the door on another wonderful calendar year at the University of Georgia, I would like to take a moment to express my sincere gratitude to our faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends for making 2018 a year to remember. We all can be proud of UGA's many accomplishments that were made possible by the hard work and dedication of the entire UGA community.

Dec 4

2018

Record Completion Rates for UGA Students

As the University of Georgia prepares for fall Commencement ceremonies next week, we are celebrating the record completion rates for our outstanding students. The University's four-year completion rate has moved up two percentage points from last year to reach a record 68 percent, and 75 percent of UGA students now earn their degrees in four years plus one semester. The six-year completion rate is now 86 percent. These numbers put UGA within one point of the average completion rates at our highly selective aspirational institutions and well above the average rates at peer and SEC institutions.

Nov 28

2018

Interdisciplinary STEM Research Building

This week, the University of Georgia broke ground on the Interdisciplinary Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (I-STEM) Research Building. The new 100,000 square foot facility, with four stories of laboratory and support space for chemistry and engineering, represents the future of research and education in the STEM fields at UGA.

Nov 1

2018

Spotlight on the Arts and a2ru

Today marks the opening of the University of Georgia's seventh annual Spotlight on the Arts festival--a celebration of visual, literary, and performing arts on our campus. Between now and November 11, members of the University community and the public are invited to experience more than 100 events and exhibitions featuring the talents of UGA faculty and students as well as performers and scholars from around the world.

Oct 23

2018

The Power of Private Support

This month, the University of Georgia celebrated improvements to our campuses in Athens and Griffin that were made possible by the generous support of private donors. In both projects, corporate or community-based funding provided the catalysts needed to achieve the University's goals. Now, through the power of private support, the Dundee Café and Lake Herrick are further enhancing the learning environment for our students and further strengthening UGA's connections to the communities surrounding our campuses.

Oct 18

2018

Reaching New Heights

The 2018 President’s Annual Report highlights major accomplishments from the previous academic year. As the report illustrates, last year was one of the most successful in the history of our great University.

Oct 9

2018

Investing in the Student Experience

As the University of Georgia evolves to meet the changing needs of our society, our commitment to student learning and success remains constant. The University recently completed a presidential hiring initiative known as Investing in the Student Experience to help us enhance the learning environment and meet the needs of students in emerging areas of high demand.

Sep 28

2018

Farm Tour 2018

This week, I was pleased to join College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Dean and Director Sam Pardue, Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black, State Representatives Terry England and Tom McCall, and other members of the Georgia General Assembly for the sixth annual Farm Tour. I look forward to this event every year as an opportunity to further enhance the University of Georgia's strong relationship with our state's number one industry. The tour was reflective of the incredible diversity of Georgia agriculture--and the corresponding diversity of research efforts and expertise found among UGA faculty and staff who support our state's farmers and agribusinesses.

Aug 28

2018

Positive Research Momentum

Expanding the research enterprise is a top priority for the University of Georgia, and over the past five years, strategic investments in this facet of our mission have produced remarkable growth. Annual research and development expenditures--a key measure of productivity--crossed the $450 million threshold for the second consecutive year in FY18, representing a nearly 30 percent increase since FY13. As the University continues to invest in infrastructure and faculty to support our research mission, our ability to make a positive difference will grow in return.

Aug 13

2018

Welcome back!

Welcome to the start of a new academic year at the University of Georgia, the birthplace of public higher education in America! Through our mission of teaching, research, and service, we are making a positive impact across this state, throughout the nation, and around the world. Indeed, what we do here every day matters, and it would not be possible without your hard work and commitment to excellence. I look forward to all that we will accomplish together in the year ahead.

Jul 17

2018

UGA Donors Set Five Records in Five Years

For the fifth consecutive year, University of Georgia donors have set a record in annual fundraising. In Fiscal Year 2018, our loyal faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends contributed a total of $242 million in new gifts and pledges to the Commit to Georgia Campaign. It is the second consecutive year that donations have exceeded $200 million.

Jun 26

2018

UGA in Tifton

Throughout its century-long history, UGA's Tifton campus has exemplified the University's commitment to our land-grant mission. Teaching, research, service, and extension programs at UGA Tifton are preparing the next generation of leaders in agriculture and helping our state's number one industry to thrive.

Jun 5

2018

Peabody Awards

The University of Georgia proudly hosted the 77th Annual Peabody Awards in New York City a few weeks ago. Established as the equivalent to the Pulitzer Prize for radio in 1941, the George Foster Peabody Award recognizes the most compelling and empowering stories released in electronic media.

May 22

2018

President Pens Column in James Magazine: A Powerful Partnership

As President of the University of Georgia, I am often asked to describe the institution's vision for the future. What are its strategic priorities and goals? How is the university seeking to evolve long-term? What are the best opportunities for growth and development? These are some of my favorite questions to answer because they invite commentary on the powerful partnership between the two entities I have devoted my life to serving: the state of Georgia, and its flagship university. I have lived in Georgia for more than 45 years and served UGA, in a variety of roles, for more than 30. Georgia is my home. The University of Georgia is my passion. I care deeply about the future of both, and their futures--now more than ever--are intertwined.

May 8

2018

Thank You, Faculty and Staff

Our faculty and staff are the life force of this University, and they are the reason it is soaring to new heights of excellence. I am honored to serve alongside them each and every day and to have a front-row seat to their many outstanding achievements. Through hard work and commitment, they are making a difference in the lives of our students and in the futures of communities throughout this state and around the world. I am deeply grateful.

Apr 24

2018

Honoring Excellence

Last week, the University of Georgia celebrated Honors Week, a weeklong series of events designed to recognize the achievements of our outstanding faculty, staff, students, and alumni. As always, I came away from the week inspired by their collective accomplishments.

Mar 27

2018

Stronger Relationships and Brighter Futures

The University of Georgia places great value on our relationship with the Athens-Clarke County community. Particularly inspiring are programs that introduce Athens students to the many educational and career opportunities available at UGA. Two of these programs are the Great Promise Partnership and the Work-Based Learning Program.

Mar 6

2018

Supporting Rural Georgia

Since its beginnings as the birthplace of public higher education, UGA has been dedicated to improving the quality of life in every part of our great state – from the Coast, to the Plains, to the Blue Ridge, and all points in between. Today, through our eight Public Service and Outreach units, UGA Extension, and outreach programs in every school and college across campus, the University of Georgia continues to help individuals, businesses, and communities across Georgia thrive. In this post, I would like to highlight recent initiatives to expand support for rural areas of our state.

Feb 13

2018

UGA’s Growing Economic Impact on Georgia

The University of Georgia continues to expand its positive impact on our home state, improving the lives of individuals and communities in each of Georgia’s 159 counties. The latest study shows that our teaching, research, and service endeavors generate $5.7 billion in economic impact across the state each year.

Jan 24

2018

2018 State of the University Address

President Morehead delivered the 2018 State of the University Address. For more information, please click here.

Jan 16

2018

Task Force on Student Learning and Success

The University of Georgia’s Task Force on Student Learning and Success has delivered its final report, which includes 12 recommendations to advance UGA’s longstanding commitment to excellence in undergraduate education. A full copy of the report is available on the Reports page of the Office of the President website.

Jan 9

2018

An Unforgettable Season

Last night, the Georgia Bulldogs played for the National Championship, capping off one of the greatest seasons in our history. Although we fell just short of the title in overtime, the Bulldog Nation has every reason to be proud, for this has been a year to remember. A win against Notre Dame on the road in the first matchup between those two teams since 1981; an SEC championship crown, the first in twelve years; a victory over Oklahoma in UGA’s first appearance in the Rose Bowl since 1943; and a berth in the national championship game, our first in the playoff era-indeed, this season was marked by historic moments.

Jan 4

2018

Victory at the Rose Bowl

On New Year’s Day, the Georgia Bulldogs returned, after 75 years, to the legendary Rose Bowl Game, earning an exciting win over the Oklahoma Sooners and advancing to the college football national championship for the first time in the playoff era. I am proud of our student-athletes and our coaching staff for this significant achievement, and I am grateful to the tens of thousands of alumni and fans who traveled to Pasadena to support our team. It was an historic moment for the football program—a game for the ages and one that brought much national attention to the University of Georgia.

Dec 6

2017

Holiday Greetings

As we conclude another successful calendar year at the University of Georgia, I would like to take a moment to thank you—our outstanding faculty, staff, and students—for all that we have achieved in 2017. Last January, we embraced three strategic priorities to expand the impact of this great University on the world: 1) to increase scholarship support for students; 2) to further enhance our learning environment; and 3) to solve the grand challenges of our time. There is great momentum surrounding these priorities, and the earliest signs of progress are beginning to show—from establishing nearly 170 Georgia Commitment need-based scholarships, to launching the new Double Dawgs program, to extending our cybersecurity expertise to help businesses and communities across the state.

Nov 21

2017

Serving Our Home State

When the coastal Georgia city of St. Marys decided to address the impacts of changing sea levels and severe storms, the city reached out to the University of Georgia to form a collaboration with local leaders, property owners, and schoolchildren to protect the historic community of about 17,500 people. By connecting with UGA experts, the community was able to help residents better navigate flood insurance policy, raise awareness about contamination in drinking water, and develop an emergency communications plans. This productive partnership is emblematic of the ways in which UGA, as the state's land- and sea-grant institution, works with communities. Through longstanding initiatives, UGA leverages institutional resources to help local groups solve self-identified needs, such as economic development, leadership training, and disaster preparedness.

Nov 1

2017

Enhancing Student Services at UGA

Excellent student services are a vital component of the University of Georgia's world-class learning environment. To continue enhancing the student experience at UGA, we recently renovated Clark Howell Hall, a facility that houses three important offices--the UGA Career Center, the Disability Resource Center, and University Testing Services.

Oct 16

2017

Expanding the Boundaries of What Is Possible

The 2017 President’s Annual Report celebrates the University of Georgia’s progress on the institution’s three major priorities: 1. increasing scholarship support for students; further enhancing the learning environment; and solving the grand challenges of our time.

Oct 10

2017

Advancing Turfgrass Research and Education

The University of Georgia opened three new turfgrass facilities on the Athens, Griffin, and Tifton campuses to advance research and instruction in an area of vital importance to Georgia’s economy.

Sep 26

2017

A New Home for the Center for Molecular Medicine

Last week, the University of Georgia dedicated a new home for the Center for Molecular Medicine (CMM). This $25 million state-of-the-art facility—supported by $17 million in state funds—will help the center to expand its vital human health research.

Sep 19

2017

Building on Excellence in Business Education

The University of Georgia community joined together last week to celebrate an important milestone in our efforts to continue enhancing the learning environment for students. On Friday, we dedicated the second phase of the Terry College’s Business Learning Community (BLC), which includes Amos Hall, Benson Hall, and Moore-Rooker Hall. We also broke ground on the third and final phase of the BLC.

Aug 29

2017

UGA’s Surging Research Enterprise

The research enterprise continues to surge at the University of Georgia as faculty across all 17 schools and colleges seek to leverage their expertise to make a difference in the world around us. For the fourth consecutive year, total research and development expenditures—one measure of productivity—rose in FY17, reaching an all-time high of $458 million.

Aug 14

2017

Welcome Back

I am delighted to welcome faculty, staff, and students to another exciting year at the University of Georgia, the birthplace of public higher education in America. As the fall semester gets underway, I hope you will take a moment to watch this inspiring video. It captures what makes our great University so special: our shared commitment to teaching, to research, and to serving others.

Aug 1

2017

Experiential Learning at Wormsloe

For University of Georgia students, experiential learning occurs in many settings, whether on campus, across the state, or around the world. One of the most unique settings in which our students gain this valuable hands-on learning is Wormsloe, a tidewater estate founded in the mid-1730s near Savannah. Offering one of the richest cultural and ecological landscapes in Georgia, Wormsloe provides students and faculty with unparalleled opportunities for research and education that transcends disciplinary boundaries.

Jul 17

2017

Surging Support for UGA

When the University launched the public phase of the campaign last fall, we called on our alumni and friends to help us expand the impact of this great University on the world. They are answering that call with extraordinary generosity and support, and I am deeply grateful.

Jun 27

2017

Double Dawgs Program

With summer orientation underway at UGA, we are reminded of the exciting new initiatives launched recently that will be available to our newest class of students. One of these initiatives, called "The UGA Advantage" or "Double Dawgs," was introduced in February to create structured pathways for qualified students to earn an undergraduate and graduate degree within a five-year timeframe. In the coming year, UGA will seek to increase the number of Double Dawgs pathways, providing students with an even greater number of opportunities to tailor their education to their academic and career goals.

Jun 13

2017

UGA in California

Meeting with students and alumni in California last week, I was inspired by the broad reach of the University of Georgia. Our alumni in the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas—approximately 5,000 strong—are outstanding representatives of this institution on the West Coast. They serve as leaders in their communities and industries, and they maintain deep connections to one another and to their alma mater.

May 23

2017

Peabody Awards

The University of Georgia was proud to host the 76th Annual Peabody Awards in New York City last weekend where UGA’s commitment to excellence was once again on display. As the home of these prestigious awards, as well as the extensive Peabody Awards Collection, UGA plays a meaningful role in promoting and preserving stories that matter to our nation and world. In an exciting development for 2017, a television special of the awards ceremony will be telecast on both national broadcast and cable television for the first time. I invite the University of Georgia community to join others around the country in watching the 2017 Peabody Awards special on Friday, June 2 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on UGA’s broadcast partners PBS and Fusion.

May 2

2017

Celebrating Our Graduates

As the spring semester concludes the University looks forward to welcoming more than 5 000 new graduates into the family of UGA alumni. At Friday's Commencement ceremonies we will celebrate their hard work and determination and their dedication to the ideals of this great institution. All of our graduates are equipped to continue making a positive impact on the world. I am proud of what the Class of 2017 has accomplished so far and I am confident they will go on to achieve even more as alumni.

Apr 21

2017

Honors Week

Since the 1930s the University of Georgia has set aside a special time each year to recognize the achievements of our students faculty staff and alumni. Now known as Honors Week this annual tradition provides a valuable opportunity to celebrate individuals who are helping UGA fulfill its mission through their unyielding pursuit of excellence.

Apr 4

2017

The Power of Undergraduate Research

Students at the University of Georgia benefit from an unparalleled academic environment that is made even more vibrant by undergraduate research. UGA is one of only a handful of institutions across the country where undergraduate students can complete up to four years of faculty-mentored research in any discipline on campus. This type of hands-on learning helps students build enduring relationships with faculty and valuable skills for the future.

Mar 21

2017

Promoting Economic Vitality in Georgia

At the University of Georgia we know that the success of our institution and the success of our home state go hand in hand. With an estimated $5.25 billion impact on the state’s economy the University is more invested than ever before in helping businesses and communities succeed in our state. UGA contributes to Georgia’s economic vitality in a number of ways from translating faculty research into innovative products for the market to helping entrepreneurs start new businesses.

Mar 14

2017

UGA Student Engagement

Each spring, we are reminded of the passion that UGA students have for serving others. Student-run philanthropies are one way that our students demonstrate this commitment. Volunteer service is another form of student engagement that makes a difference in the lives of others. Energized and transformed by these experiences our students are able contribute in new ways to the vibrant learning environment at the University of Georgia and they are better prepared to make a positive impact on their communities as alumni.

Mar 7

2017

Statement on New Executive Order

Below is a message from the University System of Georgia concerning the most recent executive order affecting international travel. The University of Georgia shares USG’s unwavering commitment to our international students and faculty. More specific information is available at https://international.uga.edu/issis. The University System of Georgia greatly values the contributions of our international students faculty and staff. International education research and collaboration enrich our academic culture benefitting students faculty and staff throughout our 28 institutions across our University System. It is important that we continue to remain in close communication as new information and direction becomes available about policy changes impacting international travel and visa holders.

Feb 28

2017

Georgia Commitment Scholarship Program

The University of Georgia has launched an exciting new initiative—called the Georgia Commitment Scholarship Program—to grow dramatically the number of need-based scholarships awarded each year to students from low-income backgrounds. By uniting around this initiative the Bulldog family will create a permanent legacy of support that provides for our students pathways to futures that would otherwise be unreachable. This is an opportunity we simply cannot afford to miss.

Feb 14

2017

Indoor Athletic Facility

Today was an exciting day for the Bulldog Nation as we dedicated the Indoor Athletic Facility—a world-class facility that supports the training needs of our more than 600 outstanding student-athletes. Working together we are fulfilling our commitment to provide our student-athletes with the tools and resources they need to succeed at the highest levels—from conference and national championships to Olympic competition on the international stage. I am deeply grateful to all of the individuals whose generous contributions made this exceptional facility possible.

Jan 25

2017

Our Next Chapter

I was honored to deliver the 2017 State of the University Address today and share a vision for the future of the University of Georgia. In the address I outlined three priorities to advance the mission of our great University: (1) increasing scholarship support for our students (2) further enhancing our learning environment and (3) solving the grand challenges of our time. Highlights from the speech can be viewed .

Jan 17

2017

Making an Impact through Research

Faculty at the University of Georgia are making a positive impact on the world by conducting research that creates tangible benefits from vaccines that protect us from devastating diseases to drought-resistant crops that bolster our food supply. Working with industry partners the University of Georgia translates many of the discoveries made by our faculty into products for the marketplace. For the last three years in fact UGA has been ranked among the top five universities in the nation for translating research to the market and to date UGA has introduced 622 products derived from faculty research including 35 in the last fiscal year.

Dec 13

2016

Another Outstanding Semester

As 2016 concludes I would like to thank our faculty staff students alumni and friends for another outstanding semester at UGA. Together we shared many accomplishments. They illustrate the continued upward trajectory of the University of Georgia to which the entire UGA community has contributed. Thank you for your hard work and commitment to this institution. I wish each of you a joyful and restful holiday season.

Nov 22

2016

Commit to Georgia

The University of Georgia has launched the largest capital campaign in the history of our great institution. Aptly named Commit to Georgia this campaign aims to raise $1.2 billion in private support to amplify the impact of our students faculty and staff on the world around us. The campaign is guided by three priorities: (1) eliminating financial barriers and opening doors for our students (2) enhancing our learning environment and (3) solving grand challenges for our state and the world.

Nov 1

2016

Measures of Student Success Continue to Climb at UGA

The University of Georgia’s four-year graduation rate climbed three points to 66 percent—a historic high and another strong signal of the University’s upward trajectory. To put this achievement into context, the average four-year graduation rate among our peer institutions is 49 percent and is 44 percent among SEC institutions. Our six-year graduation rate remained at a record level of 85 percent, well above the average of 74 percent among our peer institutions and 70 percent among SEC institutions.

Oct 18

2016

Faculty at the Forefront of Discovery

Through their cutting-edge research UGA faculty are improving human health safeguarding and sustaining our world and changing lives through the land-grant mission. The impact of our faculty's important work can be seen throughout our state and around the world. Outstanding faculty in all disciplines across campus are expanding UGA's research enterprise to record levels. This year the University's research expenditures increased by 14 percent a key indicator of growth in research productivity. Research awards from external funding sources which provide another metric of productivity grew by 12 percent over the past year.

Oct 11

2016

Investing in Informatics

By investing in the burgeoning field of informatics, the University of Georgia is expanding its capacity to help solve complex challenges facing our state and nation. The University recently hired eight outstanding informatics researchers, bringing the total number of UGA faculty engaged in this discipline to more than 160. These individuals conduct research using massive data sets in vital areas such as national security, health care, agriculture, and financial systems.

Sep 27

2016

Enhancing Academic Advising

The University of Georgia recently opened the Exploratory Center for Student Advising to provide enhanced advising services to students who have yet to select a major or who intend to major in business or journalism. Housed in the heart of campus, the center's specially trained advisors help students to develop academic plans that closely align with their career aspirations and make the most of their course credits—promoting timely graduation and cost savings.

Sep 13

2016

Farm Tour

Guided by our land-grant mission, the University of Georgia maintains an unwavering commitment to the state we proudly call home. For the past four years, Department of Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black and I have embarked on an annual farm tour to learn about current issues facing the agriculture community and to understand the ways in which the University can further its support of the state’s leading industry. We were pleased to be joined on this year’s farm tour by a number of outstanding agriculture supporters.

Aug 30

2016

Science Learning Center

This month we celebrated the opening of the Science Learning Center, a new instructional facility that will transform undergraduate science education at the University of Georgia. This state-of-the-art building includes technology-enhanced classrooms and laboratories that promote the highest levels of student learning and collaboration.

Aug 16

2016

A New Era

A new era of undergraduate education has begun at the University of Georgia with the implementation of the experiential learning initiative. The Class of 2020 our most academically qualified and diverse in history is the first to participate in this bold new initiative. Experiential learning helps our students apply content from their coursework to pressing issues outside of the classroom connect with faculty and professional mentors enhance their problem solving and critical thinking skills and prepare for graduate school and career opportunities. UGA is now the largest public research university in the nation to require all undergraduate students to engage in this unique type of learning prior to graduation.

Aug 11

2016

Welcome to UGA

At the University of Georgia, we are defined by our shared commitments—a commitment to teaching and learning at the highest levels, a commitment to groundbreaking research and discovery, and a commitment to service that changes lives and communities for the better. As a new academic year begins, we reaffirm these commitments with the guiding belief that what we do here makes a positive impact on our state and the world around us.

Jul 12

2016

Support for UGA Is Stronger Than Ever

The University of Georgia community—yet again—has demonstrated its unyielding dedication to elevating this great institution to new heights of excellence. For the third consecutive year UGA has set a new record in fundraising bringing in $183.8 million in new gifts and pledges during fiscal year 2016. This year's historic total represents a 28 percent increase over the previous year's record of $144.2 million. This significant accomplishment was made possible by the high levels of commitment and teamwork that characterize the UGA community. I am deeply appreciative to our alumni and friends for their unwavering generosity and loyalty. I also am grateful to our development team; the UGA Foundation Trustees; leaders of our schools colleges and other units; and our outstanding faculty staff and students.

Jun 7

2016

The Importance of UGA Staff

Excellence in teaching research and service would not be possible at the University of Georgia without dedicated staff members. Our outstanding staff help this great institution promote student learning advance knowledge foster economic development and improve the quality of life in our state and beyond. I would like to say once again how grateful I am to our staff members who do so much to make the University of Georgia one of the best public research universities in America.

May 23

2016

Peabody Awards

The University of Georgia is proud to be home to the Peabody Awards and to the Peabody Awards Collection which contains more than 90 000 works submitted for the awards program since 1941. The collection is part of our renowned Special Collections Libraries and is open to archival researchers. It is one of the many ways in which UGA carries out its land-grant mission of teaching research and service. This year's awards ceremony reminded us once again of the value of connecting individuals to important ideas and to one another through stories. The Peabody Awards remain a vital institution encouraging the media to produce meaningful work that enriches our culture educates our society and strengthens our democracy.

May 12

2016

The Strength of Our Community

As the academic year comes to a close I am reminded of the deep ties that bind us as a UGA family. Together we learn we make new discoveries and we serve our communities. During times of tragedy we also come together to care for one another—just as we did recently following the devastating automobile accident involving five of our students. As a community we also celebrate significant accomplishments together such as the graduation of a new class. Tomorrow's Commencement ceremonies represent meaningful goals achieved and new beginnings made possible by the hard work of our students and the support of faculty staff family and friends.

Apr 26

2016

Alumni Engagement

University of Georgia alumni living throughout the nation and around the world are bound by a common thread—they love this institution. Engaged alumni support academic initiatives provide personal and professional networks to students and fellow graduates and create a welcoming global family.

Apr 12

2016

Honors Week

This week the University of Georgia comes together to celebrate the successes of outstanding members of our community. Dating back to the 1930s Honors Week features daily activities to recognize the faculty staff students and alumni who contribute to this vibrant academic institution. Yesterday we honored the many significant ways the University of Georgia is fulfilling its land-grant mission through public service and outreach efforts. We also honored members of the faculty who facilitate learning at the highest levels. Today it is my privilege to host a luncheon to salute students who have won national scholarships received the Presidential Award of Excellence led the Student Government Association or achieved First Honor Graduate status by maintaining a 4.0 grade point average throughout their undergraduate career.

Apr 4

2016

Undergraduate Research Takes Center Stage

The University of Georgia provides students with extraordinary learning experiences. Among them is undergraduate research facilitated by the Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO). Undergraduate research helps our students form relationships with faculty develop problem solving and critical thinking skills and produce innovative scholarship.

Mar 22

2016

Cultivating a Vibrant Campus

The University of Georgia offers academically enriching activities that introduce community members to pioneering research scholarship and ideas. Renowned experts and leaders are invited to campus throughout the year to speak with students faculty and staff on a variety of topics. Just this week for example the University's Signature Lecture series features two distinguished speakers in the areas of genetics and education.

Mar 8

2016

Excellence in Teaching

Undergraduate education is a cornerstone of the University of Georgia's mission and UGA faculty hold a deep commitment to teaching and learning. We were proud to recognize three professors recently with the Russell Award which is given to early career faculty who have demonstrated excellence in undergraduate teaching. In addition five faculty members were named Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professors the University's highest honor for excellence in teaching. Faculty also are recognized annually with Creative Teaching Awards for developing and implementing creative methods to enhance student learning.

Feb 25

2016

Honors Program at UGA

Combining the personal attention of a small liberal arts college with the resources of a top public research university the University of Georgia's Honors Program provides students with a world-class undergraduate experience. At UGA Honors students engage in exciting and challenging learning opportunities that make a significant impact on their lives and give them the tools to make a difference in the lives of others. The University of Georgia's Honors students energize every aspect of this institution. These outstanding undergraduates bring a spirit of collegiality and a passion for learning that inspires others to achieve higher levels of academic and personal excellence.

Feb 9

2016

Extraordinary Research at UGA

The University of Georgia’s research productivity continues to rise, thanks in part to faculty hiring initiatives, streamlined processes for grants management, and, most importantly, the dedicated work of our remarkable faculty. Research expenditures—a clear signal of research strength—surged upward by seven percent at UGA last year, and early signs for fiscal year 2016 indicate this trend remains positive.

Jan 26

2016

UGA's Economic Impact

The University of Georgia is a statewide leader in economic development. With a $4.4 billion impact on the state of Georgia this institution plays a critical role in supporting businesses introducing new technology into the marketplace and educating our workforce.

Jan 20

2016

2016 State of the University

I was honored to deliver the annual State of the University Address on January 20. This year's address focused on accomplishments and initiatives related to three important themes: preparing leaders addressing grand challenges and fulfilling our promise to serve. A video of highlights from the speech can be . I am grateful to the outstanding students faculty staff alumni and friends who have positioned this great institution as a leader among the very best public research universities in America.

Jan 5

2016

Georgia’s University

When the University of Georgia celebrated fall Commencement in December, we were reminded of the deep connection between this institution’s outstanding alumni and the state we proudly call home. The majority of UGA’s nearly 300,000 alumni live in Georgia, supporting every major sector—from agriculture and education to business and government. Graduates leave the University of Georgia ready to contribute to communities across the state and to work for organizations large and small.

Dec 17

2015

A Note of Thanks

As the fall 2015 semester comes to a close and we prepare to graduate another class of outstanding students I would like to take a moment to thank our faculty staff and students for all they do to make a difference at the University of Georgia. Every day faculty members teach and engage in research and scholarship to advance knowledge and enhance our quality of life. Staff members provide integral support for teaching research and service endeavors. Students work to become the next generation of leaders in their academic and professional fields. The combined talents and efforts of all members of this University are what allow us together to improve lives and to improve communities across our state and nation. I appreciate all that our exceptional faculty staff and students do on behalf of UGA and I wish everyone a joyful and restful holiday season.

Dec 1

2015

Commitment to Service

At the core of the University of Georgia's mission is the commitment to service. During the holiday season we are reminded of this priority. For UGA students faculty and staff however service is a year-round endeavor. In fact this institution's values of community engagement and extension permeate much of the teaching research and outreach activities performed by members of the University.

Nov 17

2015

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

2015

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

2015

Homecoming

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

2015

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

2015

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

2015

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

2015

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

2015

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

2015

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

2015

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

2015

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

2015

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

2015

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.