Mar 8


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


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.

I deeply appreciate all that our supporters have done to amplify the University of Georgia’s positive impact on the world. As the campaign continues, I look forward to seeing how much higher we can raise the bar--and increase the campaign’s transformative impact--between now and the completion of the campaign on June 30, 2020.

Feb 8


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 State of the University Address

President Morehead delivered the 2019 State of the University Address.

Jan 15


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


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


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


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.

The I-STEM Research Building will be a world-class facility that promotes creative, interdisciplinary approaches to research that will lead to new products and services that improve the quality of life in Georgia and beyond. When this project, supported by $45 million in state funds, is complete, it will move UGA another step closer to fulfilling a larger, long-term vision that includes renovations to the Chemistry and Biological Sciences buildings in addition to other future projects. The University of Georgia will soon set the standard for research and education facilities where the next generation of scientists is trained and the next paradigm-shifting breakthrough is made.

Nov 1


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


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


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.

With the hard work and unyielding dedication of UGA's faculty, staff, and students--coupled with unprecedented support from alumni and friends--UGA is reaching new heights of excellence across all facets of its mission. Working together, we are changing lives and communities for the better.

I encourage you to read about the University of Georgia's many outstanding achievements within the report.

Oct 9


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.

Interest in the STEM disciplines has greatly increased among undergraduates in recent years, and a growing number of students at UGA are now majoring in computer science, engineering, statistics, biology, and related fields. In addition, more students are now choosing to major in finance, financial planning, international affairs, and political science than ever before. Targeted hires of tenure-track faculty, lecturers, and advisors through the Investing in the Student Experience initiative are helping to provide active and engaged instruction and mentoring to students in these high-demand areas.

Sep 28


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


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


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


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.

This year’s fundraising total doubles the amount raised five years ago. The three-year rolling average--a figure that measures sustained growth over time--has now reached $217.9 million and is nearly 90 percent higher than it was in 2013. More than 140,000 donors have contributed to the Commit to Georgia Campaign, which has raised over $1 billion toward its ultimate goal of $1.2 billion by 2020. I am deeply grateful to all of our donors for their dedication and generosity. The future of this institution--and, indeed, the future of our state, nation, and world--is brighter than ever.

Jun 26


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


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


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


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


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.

The University of Georgia is on a strong upward trajectory made possible by the efforts and dedication of these and other individuals both on and off campus. In this historic time of significant achievement across all facets of UGA, I remain grateful for the contributions of everyone who is part of the University family. Together, we are helping this institution reach new heights of excellence.

Mar 27


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.

The statewide Great Promise Partnership program, launched by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs in 2012, and the Work-Based Learning Program, offered by the Clarke County School District for the past several years, provide work experience to students while they are still enrolled in high school. Students are placed in part-time jobs or internships on the UGA campus related to their academic and professional aspirations. They also receive training from the UGA Career Center on workplace etiquette in preparation for their new roles. Johnelle Simpson, an outstanding UGA alumnus who served as President of the Student Government Association as an undergraduate, coordinates both programs for the Clarke County School District.

Mar 6


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


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 State of the University Address

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

Jan 16


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.

I charged the task force last February with taking a fresh look at UGA’s undergraduate learning environment to identify new opportunities to further enhance the educational experience for UGA students—inside and outside the classroom. The 20-member committee was co-chaired by Vice President for Instruction Rahul Shrivastav and Vice President for Student Affairs Victor Wilson.

I am grateful to the members of the task force for their hard work and dedication to student learning and success. I look forward to discussing with the campus community opportunities for making these recommendations a reality at the University of Georgia.

Jan 9


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.

I want to congratulate Head Coach Kirby Smart and his staff, our amazing student-athletes, as well as Athletic Director Greg McGarity on this unforgettable season. The team ignited the Bulldog Nation and showed fans around the world all that can be achieved with hard work, determination, and a relentless pursuit of excellence. In many ways, these are defining characteristics not only of our football team but of the entire University community.

Jan 4


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.

The University wishes the team the very best as it prepares for its next challenge, facing the University of Alabama in the national championship game on January 8 in Atlanta. I look forward to joining the entire Bulldog Nation to cheer on the Dawgs as they compete for college football’s top prize.

Dec 6


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


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


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


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


Expanding 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


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


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


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


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


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


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.

In the first year of the public phase of the Commit to Georgia campaign, UGA donors set a new record in fundraising, contributing $227.8 million in new gifts and pledges.

This marks the fourth consecutive year that UGA donors have set a new record in fundraising and the first time in the University’s long history that the annual total has surpassed $200 million. The unprecedented total represents a 24 percent increase over last year’s record of $183.8 million and nearly doubles the amount raised in FY13.

Jun 27


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Measures of Student Success Continue to Climb at UGA

The University of Georgia's four-year graduation rate climbed three points to 66 percent an 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. Another key measure of student success is freshman retention which measures the percentage of first-time first-year undergraduates who continue at UGA the next year. Our retention rate matched last year's record of 95 percent. Again to provide context the average retention rate is 89 percent among UGA's peer institutions and 88 percent among SEC institutions.

Oct 18


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


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. In addition UGA is creating the Georgia Informatics Institutes for Research and Education (GII) to enhance the University's ability to prepare our students for successful careers in informatics while expanding research and collaboration. Administered by the College of Engineering the GII will create new synergies among faculty across campus to promote groundbreaking discoveries. A core curriculum also will be developed to serve as the foundation for undergraduate and graduate certificate programs in informatics.

Sep 27


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. This new initiative is part of a larger effort to provide the very best academic support for our students. Other related initiatives include increasing academic advising services for incoming students hiring 35 additional advisors to provide more personalized attention and introducing new web-based tools to help students and advisors track progress toward degree completion. Our commitment to student learning and success remains unyielding and enhancing academic advising is just one way we are transforming the educational environment for students at the University of Georgia.

Sep 13


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: state Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman John Wilkinson state House of Representatives Appropriations Committee Chairman Terry England state House of Representatives Agriculture Chairman Tom McCall and UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Dean and Director Sam Pardue. We visited several sites in middle and south Georgia including locations where UGA researchers have ongoing studies and where high-value cultivars developed by UGA scientists are being marketed and reproduced. Throughout the tour I was reminded of the strength of the University's enduring partnership with farmers and industry leaders around the state. Agriculture in Georgia is thriving and UGA is committed to promoting its success through continued scholarship education and outreach.

Aug 30


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. The addition of the SLC to our campus comes at the right time for the University and the right time for our state as demand for training in science technology engineering and math continues to rise in Georgia and across the nation. More than one in five UGA students now graduate with a degree in the STEM disciplines. We expect that many students who take classes in the new center will go on to make discoveries and develop technologies that advance our knowledge and lead to positive tangible outcomes for individuals and communities around the world.

Aug 16


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


Welcome to UGA

As this 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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. We recently concluded a presidential hiring initiative to recruit extraordinary grant-active research faculty. Five internationally recognized faculty members joined UGA in 2015 through this initiative—including Dr. Eric Harvill Georgia Athletic Association Professor in Medical Microbiology. Dr. Harvill studies respiratory pathogens such as the bacterium that causes whooping cough a potentially fatal disease that affects one million Americans each year. He is leading the charge to fight this and other communicable respiratory diseases with more than $5 million in external grant support.

Jan 26


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 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


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. Most UGA alumni find employment prior to or shortly following their graduation. Of the students who graduated in the Class of 2015 94% were employed interning or enrolled in graduate school within six months and most remained in Georgia. It is clear that UGA graduates are putting their education to good use and the resources invested in their education continue to benefit our state.

Dec 17


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


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


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.