The new President of the University of Georgia, Jere Morehead got off to an enthusiastic start his first day on the job Monday.
Morehead says that he has been looking forward to this day for a very long time.
“I have to tell you it felt great, I have been waiting for this day now for several months since the Board of Regents announced my appointment, and to have this day arrive and to realize its time to get started and begin working on all of the things I have been talking about for the next several months”, said Morehead.
He began the day by meeting with student leaders, and then received a round of applause when he arrived at the office and met with his staff.
The former University Provost says there are some challenges ahead.
“I think our greatest challenge is to make sure we continue to attract the best and brightest students to the University of Georgia”, said Morehead. “That we retain and recruit great faculty, and that we provide the support to our staff so they can continue the great work they do to make this university function daily.”
Morehead is the 22nd President of UGA, which was chartered in 1785, and he succeeds Michael Adams, who retired on June 30th after serving 16 years as President.