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Regents name Morehead UGA president

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ATLANTA, GA (WALB) -

Jere Morehead, senior vice president for Academic Affairs and provost at the University of Georgia, was named today as the 22nd president of UGA by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.

Morehead will assume his new post on July 1, 2013, according to Board of Regents Chair "Dink" NeSmith.

"Jere has devoted the bulk of his career to the University of Georgia and he has a great passion for the University and its service to students and the State of Georgia," said NeSmith. "He knows the University and it became clear to all involved in the search that he is the right person to take UGA forward. He has tremendous challenges ahead and the Board will support him as he works to strengthen UGA's programs."

When Morehead was named provost in 2009, current UGA 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, an Albany native, is set to retire at the end of June.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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