Note from President of UGA Alumni Association
I just returned from a visit to the UGA campus in Costa Rica, and I am still in awe of this impressive facility—especially the beauty of the setting, the positive impact we’re having on the region and the dedication of the students and staff.
This exceptional setting offers unique research opportunities for UGA students as well as those from other institutions. For example, I met a professor from another university who has been bringing his students to our Central American campus for the last decade (prior to UGA ownership). This incredible resource is on the verge of earning acclaim well beyond its original dream.
Amazingly, the Costa Rica property is only one of several foreign locations that UGA calls home. Our highly acclaimed Oxford, England and Cortona, Italy, programs are popular choices for students seeking to enrich their academic opportunities. With these and other destinations available, it’s no surprise UGA enjoys a high ranking for study abroad experiences.
I used to think I knew a good bit about UGA, but over the past two years that I’ve been honored to serve as president of your Alumni Association, it seems every day I learn of a new program, professor, outreach or a new impact that UGA has on our world.
The research of our students and faculty, such as marine science Professor Samantha Joye’s work following the Gulf oil crisis, puts UGA in the forefront of global opportunities. Other UGA scientists are measuring the environmental impact of our growing populations and helping feed the world. None of this would be possible without the financial support of our alumni.
This will be my last column in the Georgia Magazine; I’m excited for the association as next month Judge Steve Jones (BBA ’78, JD ’87) assumes the presidency. The ride I’ve enjoyed with the Association, including seeing both my children become UGA graduates, has been beyond my dreams. My amazement at what it means to be a Georgia Bulldog has grown each day.
Wherever you go around the world, there’s a good chance you’ll see our famous “G” and feel the influence of the University of Georgia. Thank you for joining me in the continued support of our alma mater.