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University System of Georgia Facts

The Board of Regents

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia was created in 1931 as a part of a reorganization of Georgia’s state government. With this act, public higher education in Georgia was unified for the first time under a single governing and management authority. The governor appoints members of the Board to a seven year term and regents may be reappointed to subsequent terms by a sitting governor. Regents donate their time and expertise to serve the state through their governance of the University System of Georgia – the position is a voluntary one without financial remuneration. Today the Board of Regents is composed of 19 members, five of whom are appointed from the state-at-large, and one from each of the state’s 14 congressional districts. The Board elects a chancellor who serves as its chief executive officer and the chief administrative officer of the University System. The Board oversees the public colleges and universities that comprise the University System of Georgia and has oversight of the Georgia Archives and the Georgia Public Library System.

The University System

The University System of Georgia is a part of the community in each of Georgia’s 159 counties and provides services across the state. The University System is composed of 29 higher education institutions including four research universities, four comprehensive universities, 10 state universities and 11 state colleges. It also includes the Georgia Public Library System, which encompasses approximately 389 facilities within the 61 library systems throughout the State of Georgia. Additionally, the University System includes the Georgia Archives which identifies, collects, manages, preserves and provides access to records and information about Georgia.

Degrees, Majors and Rankings

The University System’s institutions conferred a total of 60,362 degrees in fiscal year 2015, including 37,633 bachelor’s, 10,508 master’s and 1,600 doctorate degrees.

The majority of baccalaureate-level degrees awarded within the University System are in the fields of business, education and nursing.

Georgia has two institutions ranked among the top 25 national public colleges and universities, according to the 2016 edition of U.S. News and World Report’s college rankings. Georgia Tech is ranked No. 7 on the list and the University of Georgia in a tie at No. 21.


The University System of Georgia enrolled approximately 301,019 students for Spring 2016.

Economic Impact, Employment and Budget

A recent economic impact study, conducted by UGA’s Selig Center for Economic Growth, estimated that the University System of Georgia’s economic impact on the state was $14.2 billion in output in fiscal year 2014.

The study also found that Georgia’s public university system generated 142,982 full- and part-time jobs, or 3.5 percent of all jobs in Georgia. The University System directly employs more than 47,000 faculty and staff.

The University System has an annual budget of $8.1 billion for fiscal year 2016.

Board Officers

  • Hank M. Huckaby, Chancellor
  • Nels Peterson, Vice Chancellor, Legal Affairs - Secretary to the Board
  • Shelley Nickel, Vice Chancellor for Fiscal Affairs and Planning - Treasurer

Further Information

University System of Georgia
270 Washington Street, S.W.
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
Tel.: 404-962-3050