Communications

The central communications/public information operation for the USG

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 (USG) is a part of the community in each of Georgia’s 159 counties and provides services across the state. The USG is composed of 26 higher education institutions including four research universities, four comprehensive universities, nine state universities and nine state colleges. It also includes the Georgia Public Library Service, which encompasses approximately 389 facilities within the 61 library systems throughout the State of Georgia. Additionally, the USG 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 of Georgia’s institutions conferred a total of 62,545 degrees in fiscal year 2016, including 38,514 bachelor’s, 11,044 master’s and 1,645 doctorate degrees.

The majority of baccalaureate-level degrees awarded within the University System of Georgia are in the fields of business, psychology, education and nursing.

Georgia is one of only three states with two or more institutions in the U.S. News 2018 Top 20 Public National Universities. Georgia Tech is ranked No. 7 on the list and the University of Georgia in a tie at No. 16.

Enrollment

The University System of Georgia enrolled 325,203 students for Fall 2017.

Economic Impact, Employment and Budget

The University System of Georgia’s economic impact on the state was $16.8 billion in Fiscal Year 2016 according to the most recent study conducted by the Selig Center for Economic Growth.

The FY16 study found that the USG generated nearly 157,967 full- and part-time jobs – 3.6 percent of all jobs in Georgia. Approximately 32 percent of these positions are on campus as USG employees and 68 percent are off-campus positions in either the private or public sectors.

The University System has an annual budget of more than $8.8 billion for fiscal year 2018.

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 Ms. Shelley Nickel (Interim) 912-478-4636
Kennesaw State University Dr. Pamela Whitten 770-423-6000
University of West Georgia Dr. Kyle Marrero 678-839-5000
Valdosta State University Dr. Richard A. Carvajal 229-333-5800
State Universities President Phone
Albany State University Ms. Marion Fedrick (Interim) 229-430-4600
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. Neal Weaver 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
College of Coastal Georgia Dr. Michelle Johnston 912-279-5700
Dalton State College Dr. Margaret Venable 706-272-4436
East Georgia State College Dr. Robert G. Boehmer 478-289-2169
Georgia Gwinnett College Dr. Stas Preczewski 678-407-5000
Georgia Highlands College Dr. Donald Green 706-802-5000
Gordon State College Dr. Kirk Nooks 678-359-5123
South Georgia State College Dr. Ingrid Thompson-Sellers 912-260-4200