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Jere W. Morehead, a graduate of the University of
Phil Kent When visiting my alma mater in recent years I’m
Georgia’s School of Law, became president in 2013. Prior
to that, he served UGA as Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Vice President for Instruction,
and Director of the Honors Program.
Morehead chairs the National Collegiate Athletic
Association Division I Board of Directors, is president of
the Southeastern Conference and co-chairs the University Leadership Forum, a national initiative led by the
Council on Competitiveness. He also ﬁnds time to do
some teaching and is the Meigs Professor of Legal Studies in the Terry College of Business. Publisher Phil Kent
posed the following interview questions.
amazed at the campus changes and growth. What changes can we expect for the near future? What is your overall
vision for UGA in future years?
Jere Morehead Without question, UGA has been very
fortunate to receive strong, consistent support from our
state leaders as well as our devoted alumni and friends.
As a result, we have built several cutting-edge facilities
in recent years— like the Business Learning Community
and Science Learning Center, among others— that are
advancing our teaching, research, and service missions.
Meanwhile, several new facilities will open soon,
while others are being planned for construction. For
example, this fall we will complete the first phase of the
200,000 square foot I-STEM Research Complex, which
will provide new research and innovation space across
several STEM fields. Construction of the second phase is
Looking ahead, we are planning a state-of-the art Poultry Science Complex in support of a critical Georgia industry. We are also planning the modernization of hundreds
of thousands of square feet of research and innovation
space in the area known as Science Hill. This project, too,
will boost our ability to generate discoveries that improve
quality of life in Georgia and throughout the world.
PK Tell me more about the growth of UGA’s research enterprise in recent years.
Jm It’s been tremendous. The University’s annual research
and development expenditures have risen over 40% since
2013— incredible growth for an institution of our size and
complexity. Meanwhile, UGA is ranked first nationally for
research-based discoveries reaching the market, and we
have stood in the top five of this important category for
seven consecutive years.
UGA faculty are also securing transformative research
grants to find cures for disease, improve Georgia’s infrastructure, and feed our nation and world more efficiently. During the past three years, for example, our faculty
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