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Regents’ Award for Morehead

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C. L. Morehead. Photo by Andrew Davis Tucker

Athens entrepreneur C.L. Morehead Jr. (BSA ’50) in March received the 2010 Regents’ Hall of Fame Alumni Award, which is presented annually by the University System of Georgia Foundation.

Each year, the award recognizes one individual from a USG institution for outstanding accomplishments that show commitment to the institution. UGA President Michael F. Adams nominated Morehead for the award.

A native of Fitzgerald, Ga., Morehead earned a bachelor of science degree in agriculture. After graduation, he remained in Athens and taught horticulture classes at the university and took a job at a flower shop downtown. In 1959, he opened his own wholesale-retail greenhouse business, Flowers Inc., which continues to thrive today.

He has supported the university in many ways since graduation, serving as adviser for the Georgia Museum of Art and the State Botanical Garden. He is an emeritus trustee of the UGA Foundation.

An avid art collector, Morehead was a close friend of the late Lamar Dodd, who founded the university’s art program and for whom the School of Art now is named. Over the past 20 years, Morehead has assembled the largest known collection of Dodd’s work, consisting of nearly 700 oil paintings, watercolors and drawings appraised at $10 million.

Morehead has bequeathed his entire Lamar Dodd art collection to the Georgia Museum of Art and has financially supported the university in other ways as well. In 1993, he made a $1 million gift to help support the new Georgia Museum of Art building. In 2006, he pledged an additional $1 million to support the museum’s 30,000-square-foot expansion, which is currently under way.

To learn more about Morehead, see the June 2008 feature story in Georgia Magazine at http://uga.edu/gm.