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Morehead Addresses Schloarships, Capital Projects, Mental Health and Other Issues at Cabinet Meeting


President Jere Morehead held the first cabinet meeting for fall semester on Wednesday. The president touched on several issues including UGA joining a research alliance with Georgia Tech, Emory, and Morehouse College, new capital projects, a presidential hiring initiative, and the success on the Commit campaign in raising money for need-based scholarships.

“Our donors have now created more than 140 need-based scholarship funds since this program was announced in my State of the University address in January,” Morehead said. “Close to 90 of those scholarship funds were awarded to students in this year’s incoming freshman class.  

The president also addressed concerns regarding campus mental health issues surrounding the shooting of a Georgia Tech student last week.

“I’ve been told by the Executive Director of our Health Center UGA Dr. Jean Chin, that the industry standard is to have an average of one advanced psychiatric provider for every 10,000 students. We actually have two physicians and two advanced practice providers at the university.

More head said the institution is close to meeting standard of one counselor for every 1,00 to 1,500 students, with 22 psychologists and therapists on staff.