University Council Minutes

11/15/2023 03:30 PM - Tate Theater, Tate Student Center
View Related Documents Online The University Council met on November 15, 2023, in the Tate Theater. A quorum being present, President Jere Morehead called the meeting to order at 3:30 p.m. Parliamentarian Usha Rodrigues provided remarks regarding voting and debate for the meeting.
As the first order of business, a motion was made and seconded to approve the minutes of the September 20, 2023. A vote was called, and the minutes were approved.

President Morehead then delivered his report to the Council:
  • The President began his report by congratulating senior Mariah Cady on being named a 2024 Rhodes Scholar. Mariah is UGA’s 27th Rhodes Scholar, and her selection represents the first time in the University of Georgia’s history that it has had students selected for the Rhodes Scholarship in back-to-back years.
  • The University recently hosted the inaugural Isakson Symposium on Political Civility, established to honor Senator Johnny Isakson’s profound legacy of statesmanship and political civility through an endowment created by his family, friends, and former staffers. United States Senator Joe Manchin and former US Senator Roy Blount served as panelists for the symposium, where they engaged in a thoughtful discussion about problem-solving, civil debate, and mutual respect in the political process.
  • The President congratulated the School of Law on being named the nation’s best value in legal education by National Jurist.This is the fourth time in the last six years that the school has occupied the top national spot in this ranking.
  • For the tenth consecutive year, UGA has earned the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award in recognition of the University’s strong commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence.
  • In the most recent Open Doors report compiled by the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. State Department UGA ranked #3 nationally for student participation on short-term study abroad programs and #6 for total number of students studying abroad.
  • On October 6, the University dedicated the new $54.1 million Poultry Science Building on South Campus.
  • The University also recently dedicated the Truist Plaza at the Delta Innovation Hub.
  • The Truist Community Innovation Initiative, along with the Institute of Government’s PROPEL program, was recently recognized nationally by the University Economic Development Association for its outstanding contributions to local economic development.
  • Last month, the Chick-fil-A Dawg Bowl, led by former UGA head football coach Mark Richt, raised more than $758,000 for Parkinson’s and Crohn’s disease research at UGA.
  • November marked the 12th annual Spotlight on the Arts festival, which will feature more than 60 events and exhibitions on campus throughout the month as UGA highlights the visual, performing, and literary arts.
  • The President congratulated the UGA Women’s Soccer Team. For the first time in program history, the team won the SEC Championship in a thrilling victory against Arkansas.The President wished them well as they compete in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Friday.
  • The UGA football team defeated Ole Miss on November 11 to secure the SEC Eastern Division Championship and a spot in the SEC Championship Game on December 2 in Atlanta.
  • Before closing, the President highlighted the upcoming fall commencement exercises.The fall graduate and undergraduate commencement ceremonies will be held in Stegeman Coliseum on December 15. Dr. Harold Black will serve as the undergraduate commencement speaker. Dr. Black was one of the first three African-American students, along with Mary Blackwell Diallo and Kerry Rushin Miller, to enroll as freshmen and graduate from the University of Georgia. Dr. Black was also UGA’s first African-American graduate of the Terry College of Business. Dr. Dale Greene, Dean of UGA’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, will provide the commencement address for the graduate ceremony. Dean Greene will be retiring on January 1.
  • This concluded the President’s report.
The floor was then opened for the following reports: The following action items were presented to the Council for consideration: The following information items were presented to the Council: There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 4:36 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Fiona Liken, Registrar
Secretary to University Council

University Council Member  
Addison, Donald  
Amstutz, Meg (Ex-Officio) (substitute Andrea Silletti
Anderson, Mumbi  
Archuleta, Kristy  
Atkinson, Amber  
Auer, Matthew (Ex-Officio)  
Ayers, Benjamin (Ex-Officio)  
Bankert, Alexa  
Bar-Peled, Maor  
Barnes, Brittany  
Barnett, Kent  
Bartges, Joe  
Beer, Jenay  
Bendle, Neil  
Biesecker, Barbara  
Birgisson, Bjorn  
Bivins, Danny (substitute Clay Mason)
Blankenship, Sara (substitute Shelby Dickerson)
Bolshoy, Daniel  
Boudreau, Maric  
Bourlai, Thirimachos  
Brocato, John  
Burg, Karen (Ex-Officio) (substitute Shelley Hooks)
Cain, Taylor  
Carlson Welch, Annie  
Carpenter, Tina (substitute Paul Demere)
Carter, Rayna (substitute Mackenzie Buck)
Chapman, Jennifer  
Cherkinsky, Alexander  
Chess, Shira  
Christ, Margaret  
Cleveland, Christopher  
Coleman, Jacob (substitute Brennan Fravert)
Colson, Gregory  
Cook, Michelle  
Cotterell, Michael  
Coverdill, Jim  
Darley, Andrew  
Das, Keshav  
Davis, Brad  
Davis, Charles (Ex-Officio) (substitute Glen Nowak)
DeVault, Travis (substitute Avishek Dutta)
Duberstein, Kylee  
Eggenschwiler, Jonathan  
Ehlers, Benjamin  
Emerson, Kerstin  
Eustace, Joe  
Ferrarezi, Rhuanito  
Ferreira, Susana  
Forester, Kelsey  
Frum, Jennifer (Ex-Officio)  
Fu, Joseph  
Fuhrman, Nick  
Fulbright, Patrick  
Fusco, Rachel  
Garrett, Jim (substitute Dan Capps)
Gerlach, Chris  
Gottdenker, Nicole  
Graham, Toby (Ex-Officio)  
Greene, Dale (Ex-Officio)  
Grey, Timothy  
Grimes, Abigail (Ex-Officio)  
Gueneli, Berna  
Habteselassie, Mussie  
Hall, Cassandra  
Hallman Martini, Rebecca  
Halper, Edward  
Hanawalt, Christina  
Harman, Ruth  
Harvey, Stephen  
Hembree, Savannah (Ex-Officio)  
Hester, Jack  
Hill, Janette  
Hirt, Sonia (Ex-Officio) (substitute Ashley Steffens)
Holladay, Steven  
Hong, Philip (Ex-Officio)  
Housley, Lauren  
Hu, Jack (Ex-Officio)  
Hughes, Hilary  
Hunter, Mark (Ex-Officio)  
Ivy, Stuart  
Jackson, Angel  
Jackson, Chandra  
Jackson, Dailey  
Jantzi, Sarah  
Jaskyte Bahr, Kristina  
Johnson, Daniel (substitute Chad Bolding)
Jones, Diann  
Jones, Shana  
Jones, Stephanie  
Jones, Tom (substitute James Schulte)
Kajder, Sara (substitute Mary Guay
Ke, Yuan  
Kempski, Jeffrey  
Krunkosky, Thomas  
Lakuriqi, Enkeleida  
Lanzilotta, William  
Lavner, Justin  
Leach, Erin  
Leahy, Brendan  
Lemons, Derrick  
Leo, Donald (Ex-Officio) (substitute Rama Ramasamy)
Leyting, Jennifer  
Liken, Fiona (Ex-Officio)  
Little, Laura  
Lough, Kyser  
Malladi, Anish  
Mandal, Abhyuday  
Manning, Frank  
Martin-Williams, Jean (substitute Skip Taylor)
Masciadri, Milton  
Mason, Charlotte  
Matthews, Paul  
Medeiros, Patricia  
Meskin, Aaron  
Miller, Kristen  
Mojock, Christopher  
Moore, George (Ex-Officio)  
Morehead, Jere (Ex-Officio)  
Morris, Kacy  
Morrison, Alison  
Mundy, Mathew  
Muszynski, Artur (substitute Ajaya Biswal)
Nesbit, Ryan (Ex-Officio)  
Netter, Jeff (substitute Myra Moore)
Newman, Blaise  
Nolan, Lisa (Ex-Officio)  
Okech, David  
Pagnattaro, Marisa (Ex-Officio)  
Peake, Jason  
Peduzzi, Alicia  
Perren, Samuel  
Peterson, Thomas (substitute Sharina Maillo-Pozo)
Place, Nick (Ex-Officio)  
Pollard, Amy  
Pontes, Hawkins  
Poproski, Ruth  
Redmon, Melissa  
Reed, Rachel  
Reedy, Caroline  
Reeves, Nancee  
Renwick, Margaret  
Rice, Jennifer  
Roberts, Jessica  
Rodgers, Lauren  
Royer, Angie  
Rubenstein, Eric  
Rutledge, Peter B. "Bo" (Ex-Officio) (substitute Adam Orford)
Ryu, Jennifer  
Saba, Corey  
Sackett, Justin  
Sanchez, Susan  
Santesso, Esra  
Sawyer, Laura  
Sharma, Ankush  
Shelton, Kisha  
Shelton, Robin  
Shipley, David  
Simpson, Catherine  
Singh, Rakesh  
Smith, Caroline  
Smith, Kelly (Ex-Officio)  
Smolenski, Craig  
Spangler, Denise (Ex-Officio)  
Sperling, Lisa  
St. Pierre, Elizabeth  
Standifer, Alton  
Standifer, Brittany (substitute Aaron Redman)
StaRomana, Benny  
Stenport, Anna (Ex-Officio)  
Stich, Elizabeth  
Stone, Rebecca  
Sullivan, Spencer  
Taha, Thiab  
Tanner, Susan  
Turner, Pamela  
Urbauer, Jeff  
Vallury, Sechindra  
Walcott, Ron (Ex-Officio)  
Wang, Linbing  
Wang, Yanbing (Ex-Officio)  
Weaver, Kyleigh (substitute Brent Derevere)
Westpheling, Janet  
White, Elizabeth  
Wieling, Elizabeth  
Wohlford, Kelsey  
Woods, Chip  
Woodson, Brock  
Worthy, Sheri  
Wright, Bradley  
Yager, Patricia  
Young, Catie  
Zhao, Dehai  
Zhen, Chen  
Zvonkovic, Anisa (Ex-Officio) (substitute Swarn Chatterjee)

Voting Record of November 15, 2023, Meeting