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USG 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.

Campuses of the University System of Georgia
Research Universities President Phone
Augusta University Dr. Brooks A. Keel 706-721-0211
Georgia Institute of Technology Dr. G.P. (Bud) Peterson 404-894-2000
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. Jaimie Hebert 912-478-4636
Kennesaw State University Dr. Houston Davis (Interim) 770-423-6000
University of West Georgia Dr. Kyle Marrero 678-839-5000
Valdosta State University Dr. Kelli Brown (Interim) 229-333-5800
State Universities President Phone
Albany State University Dr. Arthur N. Dunning 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. Chris Markwood 706-507-8800
Fort Valley State University Dr. Paul Jones 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
Middle Georgia State University Dr. Christopher Blake 478-471-2700
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. Stuart Rayfield (Interim) 229-243-6000
College of Coastal Georgia Dr. Gregory F. Aloia 912-279-5700
Dalton State College Dr. Margaret Venable 706-272-4436
Darton State College Dr. Richard Carvajal (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
Gordon State College Dr. Max Burns 800-282-6504
South Georgia State College Dr. Ingrid Thompson-Sellers (Interim) 912-260-4200