The announcement today that Jere Morehead is the sole finalist in the search for a new president of the University of Georgia means those in UGA athletics will be quite familiar with the man who would succeed Michael Adams.
Morehead, currently the UGA provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, has held several leadership positions at the school since 1986. He’s a 1980 graduate of the UGA School of Law.
He serves as the vice chair of the UGA Athletic Association and often accompanies Adams to Georgia football road games. Adams is retiring as Georgia president at the end of June.
“I did not play competitive sports growing up, I’m afraid to say, although I’m a huge fan of Georgia sports and have always attended many
different sports team competitions over the years,” Morehead told Bulldawg Illustrated in an August interview. “So it was a real treat for me to be selected to the athletic board by President Adams in 1998.”
Morehead was the university’s faculty athletics representative and secretary from 2003 to 2010. He chaired the search committee that selected Damon Evans to replace Vince Dooley as athletic director.
As faculty rep, Morehead attended annual SEC spring meetings in Destin, Fla., and would do so again as Georgia’s president. The UGA president also chairs the Athletic Association Board of Directors.
Morehead had been “an extremely effective representative for the academic interests of the university,” Adams said in a statement when David Shipley was named to replace Morehead as faculty rep. “He is widely respected by his colleagues across the SEC and has not only my confidence but that of SEC Commissioner Michael Slive.”
Asked about the “biggest challenges” for Georgia athletics in the near future, Morehead told Bulldawg Illustrated: “We have to remain focused on insuring
that our students make good progress toward their degrees as well as succeeding on the athletic field so I think the greatest challenge is insuring that we maintain the balance that we currently have between academics and athletics. I believe the current leadership of our athletic administration has done an outstanding job in maintaining that balance and I congratulate them on the success that they’ve had, both on the field and in the classroom.”
The current leadership, of course, is headed by athletic director Greg McGarity.
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