Michael Adams will step down as president of the University of Georgia June 30, having led the flagship institution for 16 years.
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UGA under Adams
Michael Adams was named president of the University of Georgia on June 11, 1997. Here are examples of how UGA has changed under him:
Category … fall 1997 … fall 2012
Enrollment … 29,693 … 34,518
Diversity … 13 percent minority … 24 percent minority
SAT (math/verbal) … 1,175 … 1,238
Endowment … $249 million … $744 million
Tuition* … $747 … $3,823
Source: University System of Georgia, University of Georgia.
*NOTE: The university system used a quarter system in 1997 and now uses semesters. The state Board of Regents sets tuition.
What’s next for Michael Adams?
Adams, who turned 65 in March, will remain at UGA. While he will take some time off, he plans to teach undergraduate classes in political communication and graduate classes with the Institute of Higher Education.
He received $1.26 million in total compensation for the 2013 fiscal year, which ends June 30. That total includes a one-time deferred compensation payment of $600,000.
What’s next for UGA?
The new president, Jere Morehead, will take over July 1.
Morehead, the current provost, has been described as a quiet and brilliant academic with an unparalleled understanding of the university’s inner workings. He moved up through the school’s ranks, starting as a business professor in 1986.
He is known for working hard. He enrolled at Georgia State when he was just 16. By the time he was 23 he had a law degree from the University of Georgia Law School.