For over the last fifty years, the University Council has functioned as the governing legislative body 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 University Council occurred on November 2, 1959 in the Continuing Education Center. Presiding over the inaugural meeting was University of Georgia President Omer C. Aderhold. The agenda for the first meeting included an overview of decisions made by the Faculty Executive Committee regarding several committees on campus, among them the creation of a “Curriculum Council”.
Today, the University Council continues a rich tradition of serving the educational interests and welfare of the University of Georgia. The University Council serves not only as the legislative body which votes on recommendations from the University Standing Committees, but as a democratic outlet where the campus populace can voice an opinion concerning important issues pertaining to the university.
Six meetings occur during a term of the University Council, beginning in the Fall semester of each academic term and running through the following Spring semester. For the 2012-2013 term, the Council will be comprised of 206 members, 152 of which are faculty and Staff Council representatives, 20 who are student representatives, and 34 who are members serving in an ex-officio capacity. Each meeting is run by the President of the University of Georgia, who acts as President of the Council. Assisting the President during each meeting is the Chair of the University Council Executive Committee, the Registrar, who serves as Secretary to the Council, and the Parliamentarian.
UGA Presidents, Secretaries, and Executive Committee chairs
|Executive Committee Chair||Term|
|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|