The next president of the University of Georgia will be an insider with extensive knowledge of the state’s flagship university.
Jere Morehead, the university’s current provost, was named the sole finalist early last week, following a nation wide search.
He will take over for Michael Adams, who is stepping down on June 30th after leading the college for 16 years.
Morehead will take the helm of an institution consistently ranked as stellar, but which, nonetheless, faces financial challenges related to the state’s economic struggles.
The UGA search committee interviewed nine candidates in January, including five presidents of other universities.
Members of the search committee said that Morehead blew the others away because of his strong interviews and deep familiarity with the Athens campus and community.
Morehead has moved up the ranks at the University of Georgia, ever since starting as a business professor in 1986.