Georgia Board of Regents

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The Georgia Board of Regents oversees the University System of Georgia as part of the state government of Georgia in the United States. The University System of Georgia is composed of all state public institutions of higher education in the state. The Board of Regents also preside over the Georgia Public Library Service.


The Board was organized on January 1, 1932, to create centralized control over all member institutions. [1] The Board marked the first period that public institutions of higher education were governed and managed under a sole authority. [2] The governor appoints members of the Board, each of whom serve seven years. Today the Board of Regents is composed of 19 members, five of whom are appointed from the state-at-large, and one from each of the state’s 14 congressional districts. The Board elects a chancellor who serves as its chief executive officer and the chief administrative officer of the University System.

Governing authority

The Board oversees 31 institutions of higher education: four research universities, two regional universities, 13 state universities, seven state colleges, and nine two-year colleges. In fiscal 2003, there were 10,626 faculty positions and 241,878 students.[ citation needed] Those numbers grew to 35,000 and 253,000, respectively, in 2006. [3]

Public funding for member institutions is distributed by the Board. In fiscal year 2003, the Board dispensed $1,697,287,628 of funding, authorized by the Georgia General Assembly. In 2006, the budget grew to $5 billion. [3]


The Board consists of 19 voting members, serving seven-year terms. The Governor appoints, subject to Senate confirmation, one from each Congressional district and five at-large members. [4]

The Board appoints a chief executive for the system, known as a chancellor. Dr. Steve Wrigley became the 13th Chancellor in 2017. [5]

Previous chancellors include Charles Melton Snelling (1932–1933), Steadman Vincent Sanford (1935-1945), [6] Harmon White Caldwell (1948-1964), and Erroll B. Davis, Jr. (2006-2011). [3] [7] [8]

Each individual institution has its own President and senior staff. The system includes the University of Georgia, the state's flagship land-grant and sea-grant research university, Fort Valley State University (a historically black land grant college), [9] Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, which specializes in coastal and marine environments (merged with University of Georgia in 2013), [10] Georgia Institute of Technology, which has a strong emphasis in technology and engineering, Georgia Health Sciences University (formerly the Medical College of Georgia), and Georgia Public Library Service, which distributes state funding to 385 libraries in the state's 61 public library systems. [11]

Members of the Board(2013) [12] District
C. Dean Alford Fourth (resigned 2019)
Kenneth R. Bernard, Jr. Thirteenth
Lori Durden Twelfth
Larry R. Ellis Fifth
Rutledge A. Griffin Jr. Eighth
George Hooks At-Large
C. Thomas Hopkins, Jr. Third
Donald M. Leebern, Jr. At-Large
William H. NeSmith, Jr. (Chairman) At-Large
Doreen Stiles Poitevint Second
Neil L. Pruitt, Jr. Eleventh
Scott Smith Fourteenth
Kessel Stelling, Jr. Sixth
Benjamin J. Tarbutton III Tenth
Jose R. Perez Seventh
Rogers Wade At-Large
Larry Walker At-Large
Philip A. Wilheit, Sr. (Vice chair) Ninth

See also


  1. ^ Reed, Thomas Walter (c. 1949). "History of the University of Georgia". University of Georgia. p. 2813. Retrieved 2007-03-20.
  2. ^ "Board of Regents". University System of Georgia. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
  3. ^ a b c Reid, S.A. (September 14, 2006). "New chancellor helps bolster financial aid". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Cox Enterprises. p. A4.
  4. ^ "Bylaws". Retrieved 2010-01-13.
  5. ^ USG biography
  6. ^ Reed, p.2951
  7. ^ Fincher, p.35
  8. ^ Fincher, Cameron (2003). Historical Development of the University System of Georgia: 1932-2002 (2nd ed.). Athens, Georgia: Institute of Higher Education, University of Georgia. pp.  3. ISBN  1-880647-06-0.
  9. ^ "Fort Valley State University". Retrieved 2010-01-13.
  10. ^ "Skidaway Institute of Oceanography". Retrieved 2010-01-13.
  11. ^ "Georgia Public Library Service". Retrieved 2010-01-13.
  12. ^ "Members of the Board". University System of Georgia. Retrieved 22 February 2013.

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