Republican state Sen. Seth Harp of Columbus again will head the Georgia Senate's committee on higher education for the coming session of the Georgia General Assembly, which begins Jan. 12.
The committee studies legislation affecting the state's universities and colleges.
Columbus' other state senator, Democrat Ed Harbison, will chair the committee on interstate cooperation.
Lt. Governor Casey Cagle announced the appointments of Harp and other senate standing committee chairmen today.
Other committees and their chairs are: Agriculture and Consumer Affairs, John Bulloch; Appropriations, Jack Hill; Banking and Financial Institutions, Bill Hamrick; Economic Development, Chip Pearson; Education and Youth, Dan Weber; Ethics, Eric Johnson; Finance, Ronnie Chance; Government Oversight, Renee Unterman; Health and Human Services, Don Thomas; Insurance and Labor, Ralph Hudgens; Judiciary, Preston Smith;Natural Resources and the Environment, Ross Tolleson; Public Safety, Jack Murphy; Reapportionment and Redistricting, Judson Hill; Regulated Industries and Utilities, David Shafer; Retirement, Bill Heath; Rules, Don Balfour; Science and Technology, Cecil Staton; Special Judiciary, John Wiles; State and Local Government Operations, Lee Hawkins; State Institutions and Property, Johnny Grant; Transportation, Jeff Mullis; Urban Affairs, David Adelman; Veterans, Military and Homeland Security, John Douglas.