Jere W. Morehead, vice president for instruction and the Meigs Professor of Legal Studies at the Terry College of Business, will serve as senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. Morehead was chosen by UGA President Michael F. Adams from among four finalists identified in a national search to fill the second-highest position in the university's administration. Morehead will succeed Arnett C. Mace Jr., who will retire on Jan. 1 after 18 years of service to UGA, with seven of those years as provost.
"There were three final tipping points in what was a difficult decision, given the qualifications of all the candidates," said Adams. "First is Jere's unquestioned integrity that exhibits itself in the sense of concern and compassion for everyone with whom he deals. Second are the lengthy discussions the senior administration has had about the need to focus in the next five years on research and graduate and professional education — discussions in which Jere has participated and where he is prepared to take a leadership role. And finally, there is simply no way that anyone was going to have a deeper commitment to or knowledge of the University of Georgia."
Morehead has served UGA in several leadership positions since joining the faculty in 1986. He was named vice president for instruction in 2007 after serving on an interim basis in 2006. He was named Meigs Professor of Legal Studies in the Terry College of Business in 2004. He served as vice provost for academic affairs from 2004-06 and as associate provost and director of the Honors Program from 1999-2004. He was acting executive director for the Office of Legal Affairs from 1998-99. Before joining the UGA faculty, he served as an assistant United States attorney with the Department of Justice for six years.
"I appreciate the opportunity to serve the university as its next provost," said Morehead. "In everything I do in this position, I will attempt to maximize our academic resources to benefit this university, the state of Georgia, and those we serve around the world. We will continue to pursue a vision for academic excellence centered on recruiting and retaining great faculty and bringing the best and brightest graduate, professional, and undergraduate students to the University of Georgia. Doing so is key to achieving the highest levels of excellence in instruction, research, and public service."
As Meigs Professor of Legal Studies, Morehead has published numerous books and scholarly articles on legal topics ranging from export controls to jury selection. He has served as editor-in-chief of the American Business Law Journal and held every other major position on the editorial board of that journal. He is co-author of the 15th edition of the McGraw-Hill textbook, The Legal and Regulatory Environment of Business. Morehead has been honored with several university teaching awards, including the Josiah Meigs Teaching Award, which is the university's highest award for teaching excellence, the Richard B. Russell Undergraduate Teaching Award, the Teacher of the Year Award in the Terry College of Business and the Tresp Outstanding Honors Professor Award.