Saturday, May 5, 2012
The Board of Regents will vote this week on the final agreement.
Michael Adams will be leaving his job as President of the University of Georgia next June. A shower of money will follow him for the next five years: he will get a $2.7 million in a retirement package, including a $600,000 lump sum. Among all university employees, Adams received a $50,000 raise in June 2011. Other UGA employees havent't had a raise in three years. The money came from the UGA Athletic Association. According to a story in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, it isn't clear whether the $600,000 will come from the UGA Foundation, which is private money, or from the taxpayers of Georgia. According to the university system, the story says, the president has a total compensation package of $660,318, and a base salary of $258,670. …
Friday, May 4, 2012
Hooray, it's Friday!
Thanks, President Adams, for doing what many in town have long wanted: bringing both an engineering program and a medical school affiliate to the University of Georgia. Both will change Athens for the better. "Handel with Care: an evening with George Frideric Handel" is the The Athens Master Chorale's spring concert at 8pm tonight at the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. The Athens Choral Society gives its spring concert at Hugh Hodgson in the Performing Arts Center on Saturday at 8pm. Prepare to hear lovely choral music for free. The 34th annual Human Rights Festival unfolds Saturday and Sunday in downtown. There's a great combination of speakers, music, information, food and fun awaiting you, so go…
Thursday, May 3, 2012
The University of Georgia president says he's stepping down next year.
For a few seconds, it looked as though Michael Adams wasn't going to make it through a speech about his leaving the President's Office at the University of Georgia. He had said that when he accepted the job in June 1997, with him were his parents, both of whom have since died, and his wife Mary. His face collapsed a little, but he recovered. Many of those in the audience may not recover. The university community remains in shock over Adams' sudden announcement that he will step down from his job at the end of June 2013. Only a few of the inner staff and upper level administrators learned late Wednesday that he would be leaving. After his brief, formal speech, in which he thanked those who have helped launch the University into the ranks of…
The University of Georgia president is stepping down in 2013.
University of Georgia President Michael Adams will tell the UGA community today at 11am what most already know: that he's leaving his job at the end of June next year. In June 1997, Adams arrived from tiny Centre College, succeeding President Charles Knapp. When Adams became president, Zell Miller was governor. The $100,000 family income cap on HOPE scholarship recipients had been removed in 1995, attracting more students from educated, affluent families and raising the academic bar for those wanting to attend the state's flagship institution. But there have been bumps in the road for Adams--some of them huge. At times during his tenure, the faculty has been at odds with Adams, who had not worked at a major research university before …
University of Georgia President Michael Adams is expected to announce at 11 a.m. today that he's leaving.
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Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Unnamed sources saying Adams will leave the University of Georgia in 2013.
He has been the president of the University of Georgia for 15 years, but rumors are saying that Michael Adams will step down from his position in 2013. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, President Adams will make an announcement tomorrow about his decision to leave. During his time as president, UGA has increased in stature both academically and athletically. The school's rankings have risen, as have donations, grant money and outside funds, and it is now considered one of the country's best public institutions.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
President Adams holds monthly media briefing.
Committees from the Georgia House and Senate will get together and come up with a final budget for Gov. Deal to sign, but these are some of the issues that are important for the University of Georgia. The good news: things will be better financially for UGA next year. The bad news: unfortunately, they will not improve enough to provide raises to faculty and staff members, who haven’t seen their salaries increase in three years. And this bothers President Michael Adams. A lot. Because the university is losing some of its best people over pay issues. The good news: the legislature did agree to allocate state money according to the funding formula, which gives dollars to state institutions based on credit hours., enrollment and maintenance…
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Fund raising is up, and President Adams hopes the funding formula to produce for UGA.
At a little more than $126 million, the University of Georgia had its best fund-raising year in history in FY2011, President Michael Adams said Thursday. One of the gifts was in the tens of millions, but Adams wouldn’t say who had given it, preferring to let VP for External Affairs Tom Landrum do so. The Athletic Association got $28 million for its ticket priority program While the large figure does cheer him, there are other trends that Adams prefers to focus on when it comes to fund-raising. One is that for the last six years, the baseline for giving has been in the $90 to $100 million range. And another is that there were 55,000 donors to the university last year. That development speaks to the President about the loyalty of younger …
Friday, January 27, 2012
President Adams talks stock, sets a course forward.
The road to change in Georgia leads through Athens. As UGA prospers, so will the State of Georgia. That was the thesis of UGA President Michael Adams’ “State of the University” address on Thursday. "We produce the producers, we create the creators, energize the innovators, encourage the change agents," he said. In 35 minutes or so, Adams outlined the numerous accomplishments UGA has had during the past year, talked briefly about future projects, recounted difficult times in the school’s history—strangely similar to events of today—and then ended by saying what’s necessary for UGA to continue serving those students “who love Georgia, who know Georgia, who are Georgia.” One crucial issue, Adams said, is for the Board of Regents to “fully …
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Council urges the Board of Regents to rescind the policy preventing undocumented high schoolers from applying to selective public colleges.
After lively, impassioned debate, the University Council voted overwhelmingly Thursday to ask the Board of Regents to reconsider a policy that violates rules about non-discrimination. They want the Regents to lift a rule that bans undocumented high school students from applying to the state's five selective institutions. These include UGA, Georgia Tech, Georgia State, Georgia College and State University and the Georgia Health Sciences University. The faculty was "within their rights to do what they did," said UGA President Michael Adams, who's meeting with Chancellor Hank Huckaby on Friday. "They debated the issue thoroughly and then reacted and voted." The resolution that passed is modeled largely on one adopted unanimously in early …