UGA names provost as lone finalist to succeed Adams

semerson@macon.comJanuary 28, 2013 

ATHENS - It appears that the University of Georgia will stay in its family in the search to replace retiring school president Michael Adams.

Jere Morehead, currently the provost and vice president of academic affairs at UGA, on Monday was named as the sole finalist for the position, which is being vacated by Adams on June 30. Morehead has been the provost since 2009.

From a sports perspective, Morehead has served on the UGA athletic board since 1998, and from 2003-08 served as the university's faculty athletic rep. In that role, he attended many meetings at the SEC and occasionally the NCAA level.

No other finalist was announced. In a news release, the school stated that the board of regents "will take final action on the selection of the next president of UGA at a future meeting."

Adams announced early last summer that he was retiring after more than a decade as school president. His reign was often a divisive one among football fans, who were angered when he did not let Vince Dooley stay on longer as athletics director. But Adams long played a key role in athletics at both the NCAA and SEC level, at one point aspiring to be the next president of the NCAA.

Adams will retain a role in the NCAA: Last week he was appointed to the NCAA's committee on infractions, along with former Michigan football head coach Lloyd Carr and former Georgia Tech men's basketball head coach Bobby Cremins.

Morehead has a law background, having graduated from UGA's law school in 1980. He worked at the U.S. Department of Justice for the next six years before returning to UGA. He has been a faculty member at the Terry College of Business since 1986.

In his position as provost, Morehead has also served as the vice chair of the UGA athletic association board of directors.

While Adams was known for his outspoken role in athletics, Morehead has taken a more low-profile position. Still, having worked alongside Adams for so many years, it isn't likely that Morehead - assuming he's confirmed as president - will take a drastically different tack in his handling of sports.

That said, Adams had largely deferred over the past few years to athletics director Greg McGarity, whom Adams gave a contract extension last year.

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