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Chartered by the Georgia General Assembly Jan. 27, 1785, in Savannah, The University of Georgia is America’s first state chartered university and the birthplace of the American system of public higher education.
Two men who were leaders of the early University of Georgia also signed the United States Constitution. Abraham Baldwin, who wrote UGA’s charter and was the institution’s first president, and William Few, a member of the Board of Trustees, signed the Constitution on behalf of Georgia at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Pa., in 1787.
Jere W. Morehead (JD '80) is the University of Georgia’s 22nd president, taking office on July 1, 2013.
UGA alumna Natasha Trethewey (BA ’89) has been re-appointed U.S. Poet Laureate for 2013-2014. The 2007 Pulitzer Prize winner for Poetry has been inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame, is the Poet Laureate of her native Mississippi, and was named Georgia Woman of the Year in 2008.
Judith Ortiz Cofer, Regents and Franklin Professor of English and Creative Writing in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, has been named the University of Georgia's 2013 recipient of the Southeastern Conference Faculty Achievement Award.
The Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication administers the Peabody Awards program. Often cited as the most prestigious award in electronic media, the Peabody Awards recognize excellence, distinguished achievement and meritorious service by radio and television networks, stations, cable television organizations, producing organizations and individuals. The Peabody archives, housed at UGA, contain some of the best radio and television programs produced in the last six decades.
The Eugene P. Odum School of Ecology, the first stand-alone academic school in the world devoted specifically to the study of ecology, began operation at UGA on July 1, 2007. Named for the late UGA professor who pioneered the modern study of ecology, the school is UGA’s 16th academic school or college.
UGA's College of Engineering was established July 1, 2012, becoming the University's 17th academic school or college. Providing a fundamental engineering education in a liberal arts environment, the College of Engineering offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Agricultural Engineering, Biochemical Engineering, Biological Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Systems Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Environmental Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.
UGA has had 23 students named Rhodes Scholars in its history.
Juliet Elizabeth Allan of Atlanta was awarded a 2013 Rhodes Scholarship. She is UGA's fourth Rhodes Scholar in the past seven years. Before Allan, UGA's most recent recipient was Tracy Yang in 2011.
Smitha Ganeshan, an Honors student from Johns Creek, has received a 2013 Truman Scholarship, which recognizes juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government and elsewhere in public service.
Philip Grayeski, a junior Honors student from Raritan, N.J., majoring in genetics and chemistry is a 2013 Goldwater Scholar.
Two University of Georgia Honors students, Sara Black of Birmingham, Al. and Ian Karra from Roswell, have been awarded 2013 Udall Foundation Scholarships, recognizing outstanding sophomores and juniors pursuing careers focused on environmental or Native American public policy.
The University of Georgia is a national leader among public universities in the numbers of major scholarships earned by our students. Since 1995, UGA has produced eight Rhodes Scholars, five Gates Cambridge Scholars, five Marshall Scholars, three Mitchell Scholars, 44 Goldwater Scholars, 11 Truman Scholars, and 12 Udall Scholars. 47 UGA students were offered Fulbright Scholarships in the past four years. The Chronicle of Higher Education lists the University of Georgia as one of the top producers of U.S. Fulbright students by type of institution.
In 2012-2013 UGA Honors students once again were highly successful in national and international scholarship competitions, and, for the third time in the past decade, Honors students were awarded prestigious Rhodes, Goldwater, Udall, and Truman scholarships in the same year.
In 2011-2012, UGA was one of only four institutions in the nation with the maximum of four Goldwater Scholars; one of only two universities with three Udall Scholars, and one of only four universities with at least five Boren Scholars. UGA students also garnered a prestigious Marshall Scholarship and 17 Fulbright Scholarship offers, placing the University among the top tier of academic institutions with regard to national awards. Alumni were well represented, as a UGA alumna garnered the coveted MacArthur “Genius” Grant for the 2nd time in three years (Beth Shapiro in 2009 and A.E. Stallings in 2011).
U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 “Best Colleges” edition has UGA ranked 21st among public universities.
Bloomberg Businessweek ranks the Executive MBA program at UGA’s Terry College of Business 22nd in the nation among public business schools in its latest rankings.
U.S. News & World Report ranks the Terry College’s BBA program at 31st in the nation (19th among public business schools).
The University’s graduate programs continue to rank among the best in the nation, according to the U.S. News & World Report's 2013 edition of America's Best Graduate Schools. The School of Public and International Affairs tops the list ranking 4th among graduate schools of public affairs.
The University of Georgia continues to be one of the best values in public higher education in the nation. Top value and low debt at graduation earned UGA 15th-place status on Kiplinger Magazine’s list of 100 best values among public colleges and universities.
Several UGA alumni are college presidents:
  • Hon. Ruth A. Knox (JD ’78), Wesleyan College, Macon, Ga.
  • Dr. Paul J. Zingg (PhD ’74), California State University-Chico, Chico, Ca.
  • Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough (BSA ’89), Dillard University, New Orleans, La.
  • Dr. A. Frank Bonner (MA ’71), Gardner-Webb University, Boiling Springs, N.C.
  • Dr. Matthew R. Thompson (PhD ’08), Kansas Wesleyan University, Salina, Ks.
  • Dr. William G. Cale Jr. (PhD ’75), University of North Alabama, Florence, Al.
  • Hon. Cathy Cox (ABJ ’80), Young Harris College, Young Harris, Ga.
  • Dr. Kevin D. Rome (MEd ’91), Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Mo.
  • Dr. C. Pete McDonald (BBA ’71), Georgia Northwestern Technical College, Rome, Ga.
Franklin West, an assistant professor of animal and dairy science in UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, has been named an “Emerging Scholar” by Diverse Issues in Higher Education.
Three UGA professors are among the best undergraduate teachers in the nation, according to the Princeton Review. John Knox, an associate professor of geography; Audrey Haynes, an associate professor of political science; and Charles Kutal, a chemistry professor and associate dean of the UGA Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, are listed among the PR’s “The Best 300 Professors.”
The Richard B. Russell Special Collections Libraries is a 115,000-square-foot facility housing the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, the Walter J. Brown Media Archives and the Peabody Awards Collection.
Bill Stembler (JD ’71) is chairman and CEO of Georgia Theatre Company, overseeing the operation of 326 auditoriums in 32 cities in Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and Virginia. He is the third generation to run the family-owned business headquartered on St. Simons Island.
Mark Schlabach (ABJ ’96) has two books on the New York Times Bestsellers list: “Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander” and “The Duck Commander Family: How Faith, Family, and Ducks Built a Dynasty.” When Schlabach isn’t writing best-selling books, he reports for ESPN.
Chuck Bonham (BBA ’90) is the director of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
The Georgia Museum of Art, located on the University’s campus, is the official state museum of art, consisting of 19th and 20th century American paintings; American, European and Asian works on paper; the Samuel H. Kress Study Collection of Italian Renaissance paintings, and a growing collection of southern decorative arts.
Ertharin Cousin (JD ’82) is on Forbes Magazine’s 2013 Most Powerful Black Women list. Cousin is the executive director of the United Nation’s World Food Programme, the largest humanitarian organization in the world.
Brad Schrade (AB ’92, MA ’95), a reporter with The Minneapolis Star Tribune, has earned journalism’s top honor: a Pulitzer Prize for local reporting.
University of Georgia School of Law graduate Andrew A. Pinson (BBA ’08, JD ’11) has been selected to serve as a judicial clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas for the October 2013 term. Pinson’s appointment makes him the sixth Georgia graduate in nine years to be selected for this prestigious post.
Bernard Ramsey (BS ’37), who died in July of 1996, was UGA’s most generous benefactor. His contributions to the University totaled nearly $45 million, including an $18.8 million bequest. The Bernard B. and Eugenia A. Ramsey Student Physical Activities Center is named for Mr. Ramsey and his late wife.
The Terry College of Business is named for alumnus C. Herman Terry, who died in June 1998, and his wife Mary Virginia Terry. Mr. and Mrs. Terry provided a $6 million gift that allowed the college to establish an endowment that supports outstanding business college faculty members and provides scholarships for top business students.
The UGA libraries have established the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame to recognize authors for their contributions to the state’s literary heritage. Two writers, living or deceased, are chosen annually for induction into the Hall. Among the first members: Margaret Mitchell, Martin Luther King Jr., Flannery O’Conner, Sidney Lanier, W.E.B. DuBois, Jimmy Carter, Pat Conroy, James Dickey, and Terry Kay.
The University is a co-sponsor of the Biennial Institute for Georgia Legislators, one of the few programs of its kind conducted by a higher education institution in the U.S. The institute provides orientation for new members of the Georgia General Assembly, and offers programs on major issues and policy questions for incumbent legislators.
The Georgia Review, the University’s quarterly literary journal, features works by many of the nation’s most acclaimed authors, and has won numerous awards including a National Magazine Award in Fiction and a National Magazine Award in Essays.
The University’s Small Business Development Center was established in 1977 as one of the first such programs in the country. The program annually provides hundreds of small businesses and prospective entrepreneurs with counseling, management training, continuing education, alumni networking and advocacy.
In addition to its status as a land-grant institution, the University is one of 30 institutions in the U.S. to be designated a Sea Grant College. The University in 1980 became the 15th institution to attain Sea Grant status — a recognition of excellence in marine research, education and advisory services.
Public Service and Outreach is central to the University’s mission, spearheading UGA’s extensive outreach efforts through the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, the Fanning Institute and the Archway Partnership, reaching all 159 counties and more than 500 cities.
The first Phi Beta Kappa chapter in the state of Georgia was founded at UGA in 1914. Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest and most prestigious undergraduate honors organization in America. Only 270 colleges and universities have a chapter.