The end of an era

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The end of an era

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Michael F. Adams will step down as president of the University of Georgia on June 30, 2013, after 16 years at the helm of the state’s flagship institution. Adams publicly announced his retirement in the UGA Chapel on May 3. Under his leadership, UGA has increased the size of its student population as well as the academic stature of its students. Adams has overseen the creation of five new colleges or schools: the School of Public and International Affairs, the College of Environment and Design, the College of Public Health, the Eugene P. Odum School of Ecology and, most recently, the College of Engineering. In partnership with the Georgia Health Sciences University, Adams also helped establish a medical school campus in Athens. UGA’s endowment grew from $249 million in fiscal year 1997 to more than $745 million in fiscal year 2011. Adams and his wife Mary plan to remain in Athens after his retirement, and he will serve on the university faculty.