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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 30 colleges and universities that comprise the University System of Georgia and has oversight of the Georgia Archives and the Georgia Public Library System.

The System

The University System of Georgia, a part of the community in each of Georgia’s 159 counties, provides services across the state. The University System is composed of 30 higher education institutions including 4 research universities, 4 comprehensive universities, 9 state universities and 13 state colleges. The Georgia Public Library System, encompassing approximately 389 facilities in 61 library systems throughout Georgia, is also part of the University System. Additionally, the University System includes the Georgia Archives which identifies, collects, manages, preserves, publicizes, and provides access to records and information about Georgia and its people.

Degrees, Majors and Rankings

System institutions conferred a total of 58,069 degrees in Fiscal Year 2013 consisting of 35,155 bachelor’s, 10,873 master’s and 1,413 doctorate degrees.

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

Georgia is one of only three states with two or more institutions ranked among the top 20 national public colleges and universities in the 2014 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 at No. 20.


The University System of Georgia enrolled approximately 312,936 students for the Fall of 2014.

Economic Impact, Employment and Budget

A recent economic impact study, conducted by UGA’s Selig Center for Economic Growth, revealed that in Fiscal Year 2013 the University System of Georgia’s economic impact on the State of $14.1 billion of direct and indirect spending fueling the regions served by the System’s 2013 total of 31 colleges and universities.

The FY 2013 study found that Georgia’s public university system generated 136,834 full- and part-time jobs, or 3.5 percent of all the jobs held by Georgians. The bottom line is that one job out of every 29 in the State of Georgia is due to the University System. The University System employs 45,259 faculty and staff.

The System has an annual budget of $7.5 billion for fiscal year 2014.

Campuses of the University System of Georgia

Research Universities President Phone
Georgia Institute of Technology Dr. G.P. "Bud" Peterson 404-894-2000
Georgia Regents University Dr. Ricardo Azziz 706-721-0211
Georgia State University Dr. Mark P. Becker 404-413-2000
University of Georgia Dr. Jere Morehead 706-542-3000
Comprehensive Universities President Phone
Georgia Southern University Dr. Brooks A. Keel 912-478-4636
Kennesaw State University Dr. Daniel S. Papp 770-423-6000
University of West Georgia Dr. Kyle Marrero 678-839-5000
Valdosta State University Dr. William J. McKinney 229-333-5800
State Universities President Phone
Albany State University Dr. Arthur N. Dunning (Interim) 229-430-4600
Armstrong State University Dr. Linda Bleicken 912-344-2503
Clayton State University Dr. Thomas J. “Tim” Hynes 678-466-4000
Columbus State University Dr. Tom Hackett (Interim) 706-507-8800
Fort Valley State University Dr. Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith 478-827-3878
Georgia College & State University Dr. Steve Michael Dorman 478-445-5004
Georgia Southwestern State University Dr. Charles Patterson (Interim) 800-338-0082
Savannah State University Dr. Cheryl Davenport Dozier 912-358-4778
University of North Georgia Dr. Bonita Jacobs 706-864-1400
State Colleges President Phone
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Dr. David C. Bridges 229-391-5001
Atlanta Metropolitan State College Dr. Gary A. McGaha 404-756-4000
Bainbridge State College Dr. Richard A. Carvajal 229-248-2500
College of Coastal Georgia Dr. Gregory F. Aloia 912-279-5700
Dalton State College Dr. Margaret Venable (Interim) 706-272-4436
Darton State College Dr. Paul Jones (Interim) 229-317-6000
East Georgia State College Dr. Robert G. Boehmer 478-289-2017
Georgia Gwinnett College Dr. Stas Preczewski 678-407-5000
Georgia Highlands College Dr. Donald Green 706-802-5000
Georgia Perimeter College Rob Watts (Interim) 678-891-2300
Gordon State College Dr. Max Burns 800-282-6504
Middle Georgia State College Dr. Christopher Blake 478-471-2700
South Georgia State College Dr. Virginia Carson 912-260-4200

Current Members of the Board

C. Dean Alford, P. E.
W. Paul Bowers
Lori Durden
Larry R. Ellis
Rutledge A. (Rusty) Griffin Jr.
C. Thomas Hopkins, Jr., MD
James M. Hull
Donald M. Leebern, Jr.
Doreen Stiles Poitevint
Neil L. Pruitt, Jr. (Chair)
Sachin Shailendra
E. Scott Smith
Kessel Stelling, Jr. (Vice Chair)
Benjamin “Ben” J. Tarbutton III
Richard L. Tucker
Thomas Rogers Wade
Larry Walker
Don L. Waters
Philip A. Wilheit, Sr.

Board Officers

Hank M. Huckaby, Chancellor
Nels Peterson, Vice Chancellor, Legal Affairs - Secretary to the Board
John Brown, Vice Chancellor, Fiscal Affairs - Treasurer

Further Information

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