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UGA President Morehead Delivers 2023 State of the University Address

UGA President Jere Morehead

University of Georgia President Jere Morehead delivered his State of the University address this afternoon. Morehead reflected on his ten years at the helm.

“Over the past decade, the percentage of first-year students returning for their sophomore year averaged 95%, dramatically exceeding the national average, while our students’ four-year completion rate rose to a record 75%, an astonishing increase of almost 13 percentage points,” according to Morehead. “Our six-year completion rate also reached a new high of 88%, eclipsing many of our peers.”

He mentioned an additional area of success for the university, financial backing by alumni and other supporters.

"I also want to thank our amazing alumni and friends, who gave record sums to the University of Georgia, including more than $257 million last year. Over the last decade, our benchmark fundraising average surged 84% as donors established hundreds of new scholarships and more than 100 endowed faculty positions.”

The president also mentioned increased research and development spending, active learning measures, and a new UGA Industry Ambassador Program.

Morehead ended on an optimistic note.

“I have no doubt: the past decade will long be remembered as one of our best,” Morehead said. “But, in my view, it will be eclipsed by the decade to come.”

The 2023 State of the University address can be found here.

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