The University Council serves and promotes the educational interests of the University of Georgia. Established through the adoption of the Statutes of the University of Georgia by the Board of Regents, the first meeting of the Council was held on November 2, 1959 with President Omer C. Aderhold presiding. The Council votes on recommendations from its various standing committees, acts in an advisory capacity to the President of the University, and serves as an outlet through which the campus community can voice an opinion regarding University policies and initiatives. Each meeting of the Council is overseen by the President and is supported by the chair of the University Council Executive Committee, the University Registrar, who serves as the official secretary to the Council, and the Parliamentarian, who provides guidance on the meetings’ rules of order.
Any member of the faculty is eligible for election to the University Council to serve as a representative of the University’s 17 schools and colleges. Council membership also contains representatives from the UGA Staff Council, the UGA student body, and the University’s administrative units. For the 2016-2017 term, the Council is comprised of 220 members, 156 of which are faculty representing the various schools, colleges, and administrative units, 8 representing Staff Council, 22 representing the student body, and 34 serving in an ex-officio role.
Listed below are the UGA Presidents, Secretaries, and Executive Committee chairs who have provided their services to the successful governance of the University Council.
|Executive Committee Chair
|Susan Mattern Parkes||2006-2007|
|Sylvia Hillyard Pannell||1995-1996|
|Betty Jean Craige||1992-1993|
|Jere W. Morehead||2013-present|
|Michael F. Adams||1997-2013|
|Charles B. Knapp||1987-1997|
|Henry K. Stanford||1986-1987|
|Frederick C. Davison||1967-1986|
|Omer C. Aderhold||1950-1967|