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UGA President Michael Adams leaving office

UGA President Michael Adams leaving office

ATHENS, Ga. -- University of Georgia President Michael Adams is leaving office after 16 years of service, clearing the way for President-elect Jere Morehead to officially begin in his new role.

University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby said even Adams' critics will likely say he made a positive impact on the school. Morehead, who previously served as provost and vice president of academic affairs, is set to take office Monday.

Adams says his legacy will be creating the College of Engineering, the School of Public and International Affairs, the Odum School of Ecology, the College of Public Health and a medical partnership the school launched with Georgia Regents University.

Adams says creating those academic programs has helped raise the university's profile in the research field.

'Scandal' inspiration to speak at UGA

'Scandal' inspiration to speak at UGA

ATHENS, Ga. -- The renowned crisis management expert who inspired the television series "Scandal" is slated to give a lecture at the University of Georgia.

Judy Smith, founder, president and CEO of the crisis management firm Smith & Company, is scheduled to speak Friday to conclude the university's Week of Soul, which also included a lecture by famed poet Maya Angelou.

Aside from her work in crisis management, Smith is also an adviser for numerous Fortune 500 companies, federal agencies and international companies, and served as a deputy press secretary for President George H.W. Bush.

The lecture begins at 8:30 p.m. in the Tate Theater.

Tickets are free for students and $5 for non-students. They will be sold between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Tate Student Center cashier window.

Jere Morehead named UGA president

Jere Morehead named UGA president

ATHENS, Ga. -- The University System of Georgia has named Jere Morehead the new president of the University of Georgia.

Morehead, the senior VP for Academic Affairs and provost at UGA, will assume his new position July 1, replacing retiring president Michael Adams.

RELATED | Morehead named sole finalist for UGA presidency

"Becoming president of the University of Georgia is a dream come true for a UGA graduate who has spent more than half of his life on this campus," Morehead said in a statement. "The university is poised, thanks to the quality of the faculty, staff and students, to become one of the greatest public universities in the United States."

Board of Regents to discuss UGA presidency

Board of Regents to discuss UGA presidency

ATLANTA -- Georgia Board of Regents spokesman John Millsaps says the board is scheduled to discuss picking a president for the University of Georiga.

RELATED | UGA president to step down

Millsaps says officials will conduct a teleconference Monday at 2 p.m. from the Board of Regents offices in Atlanta.

Last week, officials announced University of Georgia provost Jere Morehead was named the sole finalist for university president. Morehead is a 1980 graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law.

Jerry Seinfeld tickets go on sale Friday

Jerry Seinfeld tickets go on sale Friday

ATHENS, Ga. -- Tickets for Jerry Seinfeld's Jan. 24 appearance at the Classic Center in Athens will go on sale this week.

The box office will open at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 9. To buy tickets, visit classiccenter.com or call the box office at 706-357-4444.

Best known for his nine-season NBC sitcom "Seinfeld," Jerry Seinfeld has long been considered America's premier comedian. He has been hailed for his uncanny ability to see the funny side of the little things in life.

Arthur Blank to speak at UGA fall graduation

Arthur Blank to speak at UGA fall graduation

ATHENS, Ga. -- Home Depot co-founder Arthur Blank will be the graduation speaker for the University of Georgia's fall 2012 undergraduate commencement.

RELATED | Blank makes list of richest Georgians, Americans

The ceremony is set for Dec. 14 at Stegeman Coliseum. Blank will reportedly be awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree during the ceremony.

UGA faculty member Fran Teague will be the commencement speaker for graduate students, who have their commencement the same day. Teague is a professor in UGA's English and theatre and film studies departments.

Blank, who also owns the Atlanta Falcons, is a well-known philanthropist. The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation has awarded grants of more than $250 million in support of education, arts and more since he established it in 1995.