Board of Regents OK’s Morehead as UGA president

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia
Board of Regents has voted unanimously to hire University of Georgia
Provost Jere Morehead to succeed Michael Adams as university president.

Board
members voted Monday to hire Morehead, a 1980 graduate of the
University of Georgia Law School, who also served as senior vice
president for academic affairs. He becomes the 22nd president of the
university.

A presidential search committee named Morehead as the
sole finalist for the position last week. In mid-December the committee,
headed by attorney and former state lawmaker Larry Walker, announced
the field had been narrowed to nine candidates — five of whom were
college presidents.

Adams, who has praised Morehead for his integrity and institutional knowledge of the university, is set to retire in June.