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UGA President Jere Morehead on Year's First Cabinet Meeting


University of Georgia President Jere Morehead holding his first cabinet meeting this year. Morehead touched on several issues including the Commit to Georgia Campaign exceeding its $1.2 billion goal. That could mean more professorships, faculty chairs and need-based scholarships.

“Well you remember, our initial goal for the Georgia Commitment Scholarship program was 400 need-based scholarships, we’re now at 460, actually we’re a little beyond,” according to Morehead. “So that’s a good example, I’m hoping that we’ll hit the 500 number soon.”

So far the campaign has raised $1.3 billion dollars and Morehead says it’s possible the campaign could reach as high as $1.5 billion by its end date of June 2020.

During the meeting, the cabinet took what Morehead called a 'critical step' in the process to name the College of Education in honor of Mary Frances Early, the first African-American student to graduate from UGA.

“We will now put the materials together to the Board of Regents that will make the case for the honorific naming. We have to take this all one step at a time.”

Early was also the keynote speaker at this year’s Black Faculty and Staff Organization’s annual luncheon Wednesday.

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