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Regents approve raises for college presidents

Regents approve raises for college presidents

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Board of Regents has approved raises for a handful of college presidents across the state.

The board Wednesday signed off on a $25,000 raise for the presidents at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and Atlanta Metropolitan College. David Bridges and Gary McGaha will now make $198,000 per year.

Jim Sanders, director of the Skidaway Institute of Oceanograhpy, received the same raise and will now make $198,000. The board also approved $600,000 in deferred compensation for University of Georgia President Michael Adams and another $2 million over five years once he retires next year.

Other institution presidents received salary increases but they were funded by private foundations. The largest was Georgia Tech President G.P. "Bud" Peterson who will receive a $166,666 bump to more than $756,000.

 

UGA president to hold open forum with students

UGA president to hold open forum with students

ATHENS, Ga. -- University of Georgia President Michael Adams will hold an open forum for students.

The "Open Mic with Mike" event was rescheduled for April 26 at 5:30 p.m. in the "Dawg Pen" on the atrium level of the Tate Student Center. It was originally planned for April 3.

The forum is a chance for students to talk with Adams about issues facing the university, including state budget cuts, tuition hikes and reductions to the HOPE scholarship.

The forum is open to the public, but only students can ask questions of Adams. The event is sponsored by the UGA student government association.

Glamour editor to speak at UGA

Glamour editor to speak at UGA

ATHENS, Ga. -- A top editor from Glamour magazine is set to speak at the University of Georgia.

Cindi Leive is editor-in-chief of Glamour magazine and glamour.com, which together reach more than 15 million readers each month. Glamour outsells most other magazines and has also had great success on electronic platforms like the iPad.

Leive's talk is called "Magazines From Now On: What Works (and What Doesn't) in the Age of Twitter and Facebook." It will be held at 4 p.m. on Apr. 19 in the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries auditorium.

Leive also serves on the board of directors for the International Women's Media Foundation and is former president of the American Society of Magazine Editors. Prior to joining Glamour in May 2001, she served as editor-in-chief of Self magazine.

ATHENS | UGA professor, former AP executive Fink dies

ATHENS | UGA professor, former AP executive Fink dies

ATHENS, Ga. -- Conrad Fink, a longtime University of Georgia
journalism professor and former Associated Press executive, has
died in Athens at age 80.

E. Culpepper Clark, dean of the university's journalism school,  confirmed to The AP that Fink died early Saturday after battling  prostate cancer for two decades. Fink had taught at UGA since 1983. Clark said he was "irreplaceable."

In training a generation of Georgia journalists, Fink brought to the classroom 20 years of real-world experience from his service as a foreign correspondent in southeast Asia and as vice president for
The AP. His AP career spanned 1957 to 1977.

Clark said Fink had taken medical leave during the fall semester but had planned to return before he was hospitalized last week.

Police searching for missing woman

Police searching for missing woman

ATHENS, Ga. -- Athens-Clarke County Police are searching for a woman who was last seen Wednesday morning.

Bertha Willis vanished from the Park on West Broad apartments on West Broad Street shortly after 8 a.m.

Anyone who sees Willis or knows her whereabouts is asked to call 911 or Athens-Clarke County Police at 706-613-3888

Merry Christmas from Gov. Deal

Merry Christmas from Gov. Deal

ATLANTA -- Governor Nathan Deal issued a special holiday greeting for Georgia residents on Friday.

As Christmas nears, I wanted to wish every Georgian a merry Christmas and a happy holiday season.

Christmas has a special way of reminding us what is really important: our faith in God, family and the well-being of our fellow man.

But Christmas is not limited to a single season or date on a calendar. These feelings of peace and love are always with us throughout our lives. For many, Christmas serves as a rejuvenation of these values and ideals.

After the gifts are all unwrapped and the candles begin to dim, our spirits will once again be enriched and fully restored.

As we reflect on all we have been able to accomplish this past year, we will cary this rejuvenated spirit to achieve all the goals that we have set for the coming years.

ATHENS | Guilty verdict in Eve Carson's murder

ATHENS | Guilty verdict in Eve Carson's murder

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. -- An Orange County jury has found Laurence Lovette guilty of murdering University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student body president Eve Carson in 2008.

The jury announced its verdict Tuesday morning, finding Lovette guilty of first-degree murder. He showed no emotion as the verdict was read.

Lovette was sentenced to life in prison without parole. He was not eligible for the death penalty because he was a minor when the crime was committed.

Prosecutors say Lovette and Demario Atwater abducted Carson, of Athens, Ga., from her home in March 2008 and forced her to withdraw $1,400 from automated teller machines. Investigators say Carson was shot five times before her body was dumped on a Chapel Hill street.

Atwater pleaded guilty last year and was sentenced to life in prison.