UGA Names Deans

UGA Names Deans


In recent months, Jere Morehead, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, has announced the appointment of four University of Georgia deans:  Charles N. Davis - Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, Donald Leo - College of Engineering, Stefanie A. Lindquist - School of Public and International Affairs, and Charles B. Knapp –Terry College of Business (Interim Dean).

UGA’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication

Charles N. Davis, professor at the University of Missouri School of Journalism and facilitator for its Media of the Future Initiative, has been named dean of the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.


"I believe that Charles Davis is exactly the right person to lead the Grady College at this critical time in the arena of information processing, communicating and assimilation," said UGA President Michael F. Adams. "As an alumnus of the Grady College, he will bring a passion for excellence that will serve the college and the university well."


Davis' appointment is effective July 1.


"The Grady College has a long history of innovation in mass communication research, education and outreach, and I am confident that Dr. Davis will build on this tradition," Jere Morehead said. "His experience fostering interdisciplinary collaborations and building partnerships with industry, private foundations and donors makes him particularly well-suited to lead the college."


The Missouri School of Journalism is the world's oldest journalism school and is widely regarded as one of the best. Davis joined its faculty in 1999 and served as chair of the editorial department from 2003-2005. In 2010, he became the facilitator for the Media of the Future initiative, part of the interdisciplinary and campus-wide Mizzou Advantage program administered through the Office of the Provost.


His research focuses on media law and access to governmental information. Davis has co-authored the books "Principles of American Journalism" (Routledge, 2013), "The Art of Access: Practical Strategies for Acquiring Public Records" (Congressional Quarterly Press, 2010) and "Access Denied: Freedom of Information in the Information Age" (Iowa State University Press, 2001). He also is the author of several book chapters, peer-reviewed journal articles and law reviews.


Davis has served as executive director of the National Freedom of Information Coalition, where he was principal investigator on a $2 million grant from the Knight Foundation. He also was executive director of the Freedom of Information Center at the University of Missouri, which under his leadership became the headquarters for the national coalition.


"The opportunity to join the world-class faculty, staff and students at Grady College comes at a time of transformation in the world of journalism. I am excited by the possibilities afforded by the state and the region to expand the work that we do in these dynamic and quickly changing fields," Davis said. "The college is central to the life of the university, and journalism and mass communication is central to the life of the democracy. I am deeply honored by this appointment and so excited to get to Athens and get to work."


Davis has written articles for a number of business and trade publications, including Quill and Columbia Journalism Review, as well as editorials for publications such as The Christian Science Monitor and Investigative Reporters and Editors Journal. Prior to his career in academia, Davis worked for newspapers and as a correspondent for Lafferty Publications, an international wire service for financial publications.


He is the recipient of the John Aubuchon Freedom of the Press Award from the National Press Club, the Scripps-Howard National Journalism Professor of the Year Award and the University of Missouri's Faculty-Alumni Award. He has given invited presentations at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla. and for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.


Davis earned his doctorate in mass communication with an emphasis in media law from the University of Florida. He earned his master's degree in journalism from UGA and his bachelor's degree in criminology from North Georgia College.


UGA Grady College

The Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication was established in 1915 and is one of the oldest and most distinguished communication programs in the country. Its three departments-journalism, advertising and public relations, and telecommunications-are consistently ranked among the best in the nation. The college is home to the Peabody Awards, internationally recognized as one of the most prestigious prizes for excellence in electronic media. For more information about the Grady College, see


UGA College of Engineering

Donald Leo, a Virginia Tech vice president and former associate dean, has been named dean of the University of Georgia College of Engineering.


Leo is a professor of mechanical engineering and vice president and executive director of the National Capital Region operations of Virginia Tech. He previously served as associate dean for research and graduate studies at the Virginia Tech College of Engineering.


"This is a critically important position, not only for the University of Georgia but for the state of Georgia," said UGA President Michael F. Adams. "The College of Engineering at UGA was established last year to meet the clear need for more Georgia-trained engineers. I am confident that Dr. Leo is the right leader at this time for our engineering program."


Leo's appointment is effective July 1.


"Dr. Leo's experience as an associate dean of one of the nation's largest and most well-regarded engineering programs makes him well-positioned to lead the UGA College of Engineering," Jere Morehead said. "His success in growing the research enterprise at Virginia Tech while creating partnerships with government and industry underscores the institution's land-grant mission of service to the state, and he will play a similar role in enhancing UGA's research and outreach as a land-grant institution."


As vice president and executive director of the National Capital Region operations of Virginia Tech, Leo integrates and coordinates the activities of Virginia Tech in the greater Washington, D.C. area. From 2007-2011, he served as associate dean for research and graduate studies for the Virginia Tech College of Engineering, which has approximately 8,000 students and whose undergraduate program is ranked 15th in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.


As associate dean, he led Virginia Tech in its collaboration with the University of Virginia and the government of the Commonwealth of Virginia in the founding of the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing. The applied research center accelerates the transition of research from the laboratory to commercial use by pooling resources to pursue university research authorized by member companies. The public-private partnership is an important economic development activity in the state and currently has 15 corporate members from five nations.


From 2005-2007 and in conjunction with his position at Virginia Tech, Leo served as a program manager for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, a unit of the Department of Defense, where he created programs in the field of biologically inspired materials and systems and managed a portfolio of approximately $50 million in interdisciplinary research.


Leo joined the faculty of Virginia Tech in 1998. His research focuses on so-called "smart materials" that respond to external stimuli, and he has served as principal investigator on 50 research grants and contracts with approximately $12 million in extramural funding. He has authored or co-authored more than 200 research publications and recently founded the Biomolecular Materials and Systems Laboratory, which explores how biological materials and signaling processes can be used to develop engineering devices.


He is the author of the textbook "Engineering Analysis of Smart Material Systems" (John Wiley and Sons, 2007), which is used at the senior undergraduate and graduate level at several colleges and universities. He created a course on active materials and smart structures that is based on his textbook and continues to be taught at Virginia Tech.


Leo is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, a recipient of the Virginia Tech Dean's Award for Excellence in Research and in 2004 was named Outstanding Recent Alumnus of the highly ranked University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Aerospace Engineering Department.


He earned a master's degree and a doctoral degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering from the University of Buffalo. He earned his bachelor's degree in aeronautics and astronautics engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


"I would like to thank President Adams and Provost Morehead for the unique opportunity to be the first permanent dean of the College of Engineering," Leo said. "It will be a privilege to lead the development of a new engineering college at a top-ranked public institution, and I look forward to working with the students, staff and faculty to grow the college and build upon the considerable strengths of the University of Georgia."


The creation of the College of Engineering was unanimously approved by the University Council in April 2012. The college is organized without departmental boundaries to promote advanced studies at the interface of disciplines and to prepare students for careers devoted to the integration of discoveries from multiple fields. For more information about the UGA College of Engineering, see


UGA School of Public and International Affairs

Stefanie A. Lindquist, an associate dean at the University of Texas at Austin and a scholar who works at the interface of law and politics, has been named dean of the University of Georgia School of Public and International Affairs.


Lindquist, who began her academic career nearly 20 years ago at UGA, is the Charles Alan Wright Chair in Federal Courts and associate dean for external affairs at the University of Texas School of Law.


"I am very pleased that Dr. Lindquist is returning to UGA as dean of the School of Public and International Affairs," said UGA President Michael F. Adams. "She is widely regarded as one of the bright young faculty stars in her field, and knows both SPIA and UGA deeply and well. She will be a strong addition to our very good leadership team."


Lindquist's appointment is effective Aug. 1.


"Dr. Lindquist's record of outstanding leadership in a variety of roles, including serving as an interim dean at the University of Texas, and her ability to garner support from alumni and other donors make her ideally suited to lead our nationally prominent School of Public and International Affairs," Jere Morehead said. "Her scholarship and teaching have been repeatedly recognized for excellence, and I am confident that she will enhance the exemplary programs of research and teaching that the school offers."


As associate dean for external affairs for the University of Texas School of Law, Lindquist is engaged in fundraising and alumni relations for a law school that is ranked fourth among public universities and 15th among all U.S. law schools by U.S. News and World Report. Her research focuses on judicial behavior in the federal and state appellate courts, and she holds a courtesy appointment in the department of government. She joined the UT Austin School of Law in 2008 and also has served as its interim dean and associate dean for academic affairs.


She is the author or co-author of more than 50 journal articles, book chapters, essays and legal notes, as well as two books. In "Measuring Judicial Activism" (Oxford University Press, 2009) she and co-author Frank Cross identified objective, empirical measures of judicial activism on the United States Supreme Court. In her 2006 book, "Judging on a Collegial Court: Influences on Appellate Court Decision Making" (University of Virginia Press), Lindquist and her co-authors evaluated factors that influenced circuit court judges' decisions to dissent, concur and reverse the lower court.


Prior to joining the UT Austin School of Law, she was an associate professor of political science and law at Vanderbilt University, with a primary appointment in the department of political science. She started her academic career at UGA in 1996, joining the department of political science as well as the department of public administration and policy, with an adjunct appointment in the School of Law. She was named associate professor at UGA in 2003.


Lindquist was a 2002 recipient of the Richard B. Russell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, UGA's highest early career teaching honor. She also received the J. Hatten Howard Teaching Award from the UGA Honors Program and was recognized for excellence in teaching by the graduate student organization in the department of public administration and by the Student Government Organization. She was a participant in the Lilly Teaching Fellows program, which provides opportunities for faculty to further develop their teaching skills, from 2000 to 2001, and later served as co-director of the program. She also coached the UGA Mock Trial Team, was a faculty mentor in the Honors Program and faculty adviser to the Demosthenian Literary Society. At Vanderbilt, she received the Robert Birkby Award for Excellence in Teaching Political Science and served as director of the graduate program.


Lindquist was the 2011 recipient of the best conference paper award from the law and courts section of the American Political Science Association, served as chair of the APSA law and courts section from 2008 to 2009 and was the program chair for the section's annual meeting in 2008. She is the recipient of two National Science Foundation grants and served as a panel member at the NSF Law and Social Sciences Division for two years. She has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Politics since 2010 and on the editorial board of the Review of Public Personnel Administration since 2004. She also has served on the editorial board of the Law and Society Review.


Lindquist holds a bachelor's degree from Ursinus College in Pennsylvania and a doctorate from the University of South Carolina with an emphasis in American politics, public law and public administration. She earned her J.D. from Temple University in Philadelphia, where she served as editor in chief of the Temple Law Review.


Following law school, she clerked for the Honorable Anthony J. Scirica at the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia and practiced law at Latham and Watkins in Washington, D.C. She also worked for one year as a research associate at the Federal Judicial Center in Washington D.C. assisting committees of the Federal Judicial Conference in addressing questions of judicial administration.


"I am deeply honored to have the opportunity to lead SPIA-a school that over its 12-year history has already distinguished itself as among the most prominent public affairs schools in the nation," Lindquist said. "Under the able leadership of its inaugural dean, Tom Lauth, and through the efforts of its dedicated faculty, students, and staff, SPIA has established an impressive set of educational programs and initiatives that enhance student learning and civic engagement, and that deepen our understanding of governance and democracy. I look forward to building on these strengths and promoting SPIA's important mission both here and abroad."


The UGA School of Public and International Affairs prepares undergraduate students for good citizenship and careers in public life and trains future generations of teachers and scholars in the fields of international affairs, political science and public administration and policy. The school currently is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the nation's fourth best public affairs graduate school. For more information about the school, see


Terry College of Business

Charles B. Knapp, president emeritus of the University of Georgia and a professor emeritus of economics, has been named interim dean of the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business.


Knapp's appointment, announced by UGA senior vice president for academic affairs and provost Jere Morehead, is from July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014.


"I am thrilled that Dr. Knapp has agreed to lead the Terry College of Business as it continues its Building Terry capital campaign and its rise toward national prominence," Morehead said. "His record of leadership in higher education and his strong ties to the business community will position the Terry College for continued success in the coming year."


Knapp served as president of the university from 1987 to 1997, a tenure in which the academic reputation of the university rose dramatically. More than $400 million of new construction was completed, as was a successful capital campaign. He worked closely with then Georgia Gov. Zell Miller on the establishment of the HOPE Scholarship program, which has since provided $6 billion in financial aid to more than 1.5 million Georgia postsecondary education students.


He joined the board of directors of Aflac Inc. in 1990 and currently chairs the investment committee and is a member of the audit committee. From 2005 to 2011, he was the chairman of the board of the East Lake Foundation, the organization responsible for the highly successful community redevelopment project in southeast Atlanta. In 2013, he was appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal as a member of the State Charter Schools Commission and has subsequently been elected as the chair of the commission. Knapp also is a member of the boards of the Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students, the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future, and the Wormsloe Foundation.


"I'm very pleased to have this opportunity to provide leadership to the Terry College for the next year," Knapp said. "I look forward to working together with the faculty, staff, students and alumni of the college as we address important issues, particularly maintaining the strong momentum of fundraising for the new Terry College facilities. I wish to particularly express my appreciation to President-elect Morehead for offering me this additional chance to be of service to the University of Georgia."


Knapp was president of the Aspen Institute, an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, D.C., from 1997 to 1999. He previously was the chair of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges. He was a partner with the executive search firm Heidrick and Struggles from 2000 to 2004. In 2005, he joined the UGA Institute of Higher Education, where he directs the Executive Doctor of Education Program in Higher Education.


In 2006, Knapp was named chairman of the Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce. Members of the bipartisan commission included former governors, senators, cabinet secretaries, business and labor leaders, civil rights leaders, and education and job training experts. The report of the commission, "Tough Choices or Tough Times," has helped inform the national debate on the future of education and training policy in America.


Knapp received his bachelor's degree, with honors and distinction, from Iowa State University. He earned his master's degree and doctorate in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a recipient of the Iowa State Distinguished Achievement Citation, the university's highest alumni award, and the Abraham Baldwin Award for distinguished service from UGA.


A national search to name the successor to Terry College Dean Robert Sumichrast was halted earlier this month. Morehead said UGA will begin a new search for a permanent dean in the fall.


"I want to thank the search committee and all the faculty, staff, students and alumni who went to great lengths to become familiar with the candidates and met the three finalists during their campus visits," Morehead said. "I am also grateful to the dean candidates who committed the time to explore this very demanding and rewarding opportunity. A new search will launch during fall semester, and I can say without reservation that the Terry College is in good hands with Dr. Knapp serving as interim dean."


Founded in 1912 as the School of Commerce, the Terry College is the flagship business school in the state of Georgia and the oldest in the South. It enrolls more than 3,200 students in undergraduate, master's and doctoral programs in Athens and at UGA campuses in Atlanta, Gwinnett and Griffin. It includes seven academic departments and offers executive programs as well as certificate programs in actuarial science, leadership advancement, legal studies and music business. Its programs, including the J.M. Tull School of Accounting, Master of Marketing Research, and Risk Management and Insurance Program, consistently rank among the top in the nation. The Terry College has more than 140 faculty members as well as units such as the Selig Center for Economic Growth that are engaged in research and outreach that strengthen the business community in Georgia and beyond.