UGA holds Investiture Ceremony for its 22nd President

UGA President Jere Morehead


The University of Georgia celebrated the investiture of Jere W. Morehead, the institution's 22nd president, on Tuesday, Nov. 19 in the Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall on UGA's East Campus.


The ceremony included remarks from Governor Nathan Deal; Henry M. "Hank" Huckaby, chancellor of the University System of Georgia; William "Dink" NeSmith, chair of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia; and Nancy B. Denson, mayor of the Athens-Clarke County Unified Government. U.S. District Court Chief Judge Julie E. Carnes presided over the ceremony, and U.S. District Court Judge Steve C. Jones provided the welcome. The president received greetings by representatives from the faculty, staff, students and alumni before providing the investiture address.


An investiture is a formal ceremony in which the leader of an institution is vested with the garments, insignia or ornaments signifying the authority of the office.  The ceremony has its roots in both religious and secular proceedings as far back as the feudal era. At the University of Georgia, the vestment is the chain of office, which will be placed on the President by the Chancellor of the University System of Georgia.  Universities view investitures as an opportunity to welcome a new era and celebrate as a community. 


After a national search that culminated in February, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia chose Morehead as the university's president, a position he started on July 1.


Morehead served as UGA's senior vice president for academic affairs and provost from 2010 until June 30 of this year. His previous positions at UGA include vice president for instruction, vice provost for academic affairs, associate provost and director of the Honors Program and acting executive director of legal affairs. He is the Meigs Professor of Legal Studies in the Terry College of Business, where he has held a faculty appointment since 1986.


After receiving his Juris Doctor from the UGA School of Law, Morehead was an assistant U.S. attorney in the Department of Justice from 1980 to 1986. He is the first UGA alumnus to be named president since Fred Davison in 1967.


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