New Atlanta office to support economic development
UGA will open a new office in Atlanta to provide a closer link with the business sector and the Georgia Department of Economic Development, President-elect Jere Morehead announced in March. The Atlanta office also will make the considerable research, public service and outreach resources of the university more accessible for communities, development authorities and Chambers of Commerce. Margaret Wagner Dahl, who serves as associate provost for economic development as well as director of the Georgia BioBusiness Center, will become associate vice president for economic development. Dahl will remain director of the GBBC. The new Atlanta and campus offices will report jointly to Vice President for Research David Lee and Vice President for Public Service and Outreach Jennifer Frum. The reorganization of UGA’s economic development activities and programs will build upon the many economic development efforts the university currently has in place. The BioBusiness Center has helped launch more than 30 companies that have attracted more than $150 million in investment, and UGA is consistently ranked among the top 10 universities in the nation for moving research discoveries into the marketplace.