ATLANTA (AP) — University of Georgia Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Jere Morehead has been named as the sole finalist for the school's president, state officials announced Monday.
The Georgia Board of Regents will make the final decision, but it isn't clear when the next board meeting will be held.
When Morehead was named provost in 2009, current president Michael Adams praised his integrity, compassion and institutional knowledge of the university. Morehead previously served UGA as vice president for instruction, vice provost for academic affairs, director of the honors program and acting director of legal affairs. Adams is set to retire at the end of June.
Morehead is also a recipient of the Josiah Meigs Teaching Award — which is the highest award UGA provides for educational excellence, and served as an assistant U.S. attorney from 1980 to 1986.
Morehead, a 1980 graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law, has held a faculty appointment in the Terry College of Business, and serves on numerous state educational boards.
Board of Regents spokesman John Millsaps said Chancellor Hank Huckaby and Chairman William NeSmith were not available for comment Monday.