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Statements From USG Chancellor Meredith and Board of Regents Chair Regarding Regent John Hunt’s Pass

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Atlanta — March 19, 2003

Chancellor Thomas C. Meredith, chancellor of the University System of Georgia, reported with deep sadness this morning the passing of Regent John Hunt of Tifton.

Hunt was named to the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia in 1997 by former Governor Zell Miller. During his tenure, he served as a highly active and engaged member of several committees – including currently chairing the Real Estate and Facilities Committee – until his passing.

“John Hunt will be deeply and sadly missed,” said Chancellor Meredith. “He was a consummate public servant. He took his role as a regent extremely seriously, dedicating not only his mental talents to the System’s governance – but also generously committing his financial resources to our priorities and needs. His passing is not only a loss for the Board of Regents, it is a grave loss for Georgia to lose a statesman of his caliber.”

Current Board of Regents Chairman Joe Frank Harris was equally moved by the news of Hunt’s passing. “John was a regent’s regent, and his loss is a hard blow to this board,” said Gov. Harris. “He often brought us together as board members for campus visits and engagements at his home, building a camaraderie among our board that fostered solid teamwork and high productivity. His energy and spirit will be irreplaceable.”

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