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Jere W. Morehead

University of Georgia
Award Winner


President Jere W. Morehead began his tenure as the 22nd University of Georgia president on July 1, 2013. Under his leadership, the University has risen in the rankings of the best public colleges and universities and has completed a series of initiatives to enhance student learning and success, including a requirement for experiential learning for all undergraduates.

Additionally, the University completed the most successful capital campaign in its history, raising $1.45 billion, and launched an Innovation District initiative to create UGA’s campus of the future, where students and faculty will partner with industry to generate ideas and solutions to continue the University’s role as a powerful driver of economic development in Georgia. During President Morehead’s tenure, UGA has increased its research expenditures by 41% and has been ranked among the top five universities in the U.S. for research-based products reaching the marketplace for the past seven years. UGA was ranked No. 1 in the nation for FY2019 and FY2017. In keeping with his focus on student success, President Morehead launched the ALL Georgia Program to support students from rural areas and created the Double Dawgs program, which enables students to save time and money by earning an undergraduate and graduate degree in five years or less. A UGA education is in greater demand than ever, with a record 39,500 applications submitted for a spot in the incoming Class of 2025 and an admission rate under 39%. In addition, President Morehead has continually emphasized UGA’s core ideals of diversity and inclusion, and UGA has been awarded the INSIGHT into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award for seven consecutive years. 

President Morehead serves as co-chair of the University Leadership Forum, a national initiative led by the Council on Competitiveness. He also serves as vice-chair of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Board of Directors, a member of the NCAA Division I Administrative Committee, and a member of the NCAA Board of Governors. He previously served on the NCAA Presidential Forum; the Working Group on Name, Image, and Likeness; and the Federal and State Legislation Working Group. He is vice president of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and a member of the SEC Executive Committee, and formerly chaired the SEC Working Group on Compliance, Enforcement, and Governance.