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Monday August 3rd, 2015 4:41AM

Board of Regents approves Morehead as UGA president

By The Associated Press
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.
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