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Search Committee Named for Next USG Chief Academic Officer

Atlanta — September 6, 2011

Chancellor Hank Huckaby announced today that the University System of Georgia (USG) is embarking on a national search to fill the position of executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer (EVC/CAO). This is a senior leadership position that reports directly to the Chancellor.

Dr. David Morgan has been serving as the interim EVC/CAO at the University System Office in Atlanta since July 1.

“As we seek to strengthen our performance in key academic areas such as retention, progression and graduation, as we continue to assess how well we are doing in preparing our students for a modern, complex world, finding the right person to serve as the System’s chief academic officer is critical,” said Huckaby. “At the outset of my chancellorship, I noted that finding a chief academic officer would be one of my top priorities, and we want to ensure we select the right person for our senior leadership team.”

The EVC/CAO is responsible for meeting the academic needs of approximately 320,000 students and approximately 11,000 University System faculty members. The position provides leadership for a division that includes academic programs and planning, faculty affairs, student affairs, international programs, teacher-education initiatives, strategic research and analysis, and information and instructional technology.

The chancellor appointed Dr. Mark Becker, president of Georgia State University, to chair the search committee. Committee members include:

  • John Brown, vice chancellor for Fiscal Affairs, USG

  • Dr. Virginia Carson, president of South Georgia College

  • Dr. Irvin Clarke, vice president of Student Affairs, Savannah State University

  • Dr. Tim Hynes, president of Clayton State University

  • Dr. Jere Morehead, provost, the University of Georgia

  • Dr. David Morgan, executive vice chancellor/chief academic officer, USG (interim)

  • Dr. Linda Noble, associate vice chancellor for Faculty Affairs, USG

  • Dr. Martha Venn, vice president of Academic Affairs, Macon State College

  • Elle Creel, Georgia Institute of Technology student

R. William Funk & Associates, Dallas, will assist in the search and recruitment process. The search committee will select approximately four unranked candidates to recommend to the chancellor, who will interview the finalists and make the final selection of the next chief academic officer.

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