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Board of Regents’ Statement on UGA President

Atlanta — June 10, 2003

The following statement in support of University of Georgia President Michael Adams was delivered today at the Board of Regents meeting in Atlanta, by Board of Regents Chair Joe Frank Harris:

Please allow me to take a moment of personal privilege as your Chair to comment on a current issue that has generated a great deal of attention. I’m speaking of the publicity surrounding the University of Georgia and its athletic program.

First, let me recognize the extraordinary contributions of Vince Dooley to the University of Georgia in a career spanning four decades. He has established a legacy envied by athletic programs across the country. We are deeply appreciative of all Mr. Dooley has done and will continue to do for UGA and the State of Georgia.

In February of 2001, President Michael Adams and Mr. Dooley both agreed on the term of service of Mr. Dooley as UGA’s athletic director. The President has decided to honor the agreement and the Board of Regents unanimously supports the President’s commitment.

Let me just add another personal comment. Chancellor, members of the Board, I want to take this moment and personally salute President Adams for his leadership at UGA. We point with great pride to the progressive and positive positions President Adams has taken to move UGA to new academic heights. We are proud of Michael Adams and of the record he has established. He has our unanimous support.

The statement stands on its own. President Adams is here today. We just want you to know we appreciate the leadership you are providing and you have this Board’s unanimous support.

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