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  • Michael F. Adams

    The University of Georgia's 21st President for the 21st Century

  • “The work of the University of Georgia in the next decade…

    ... is to put a new focus on our traditional missions of teaching, research and public service: First, we must enhance the total student experience. Second, we must maximize our research opportunities. Third, we must serve Georgia in the global economy."

    Michael F. Adams / 1998 State of the University Address

  • “The University of Georgia must never forget that it is the people’s university…

    ...the student body should reflect the best that all of Georgia has to offer."

    Michael F. Adams with UGA's 2008 Rhodes Scholars Kate Vyborny and Deep Shah.

  • “The start of medical education and broader engineering curriculum…

    may constitute the most concentrated advancement of the academic program in the history of the university."

    Michael F. Adams / 2011 State of the University Address

  • “The world will now expect uncommon things from you,

    ...for you are now a graduate of the University of Georgia.”

    Michael F. Adams / Parting words for every graduate at Commencement


"The only constant is change..."

//Michael F. Adams quoting Heraclitus / 1998 State of the University Address

For the past 16 years, Dr. Adams, along with administrators, faculty and staff, committed themselves to improving the ultimate experience for each student; to sharing their knowledge with constituencies beyond the classroom, throughout the state and around the world in a significant way; and to conducting and supporting the trail-blazing research that has secured the university's prominence in the 21st century.


Degrees conferred

by Michael F. Adams. That number represents roughly one-third of UGA's living alumni.

Number of endowed professorships

at the university has grown from 92 when Adams took office to 220 today, and the number of Georgia Research Alliance eminent scholars has grown from four to 18.


In endowed funds

making 2012 the seventh consecutive year of raising more than $100 million. In 1997, UGA had 437 planned gifts on the books; today there are 1,102 with a total value of $245.5 million.


Annual Economic Impact

of the University of Georgia’s Public Service and Outreach programs according to a recent survey. UGA's PSO programs support 3,370 jobs directly and indirectly through their impact on the state’s economy.

Since 1996, UGA has produced eight Rhodes, 42 Goldwater, 11 Truman, 12 Udall, six Merage, five Gates Cambridge, five Marshall and three Mitchell Scholars. UGA has produced 36 Fulbright Scholars in the past three years.

We educate Georgia at UGA

//Michael F. Adams, 2009 State of the University

"We produce the leadership class for this state. We produce the producers, create the creators, energize the innovators, encourage the change agents. We send into the world people equipped for success in what has been variously called the Age of the Mind, the Intellectual Capital Era or, to quote Thomas Friedman, a Flattened World."