University of Georgia President Michael Adams Leaving Post

May 3, 2012

University of Georgia president Michael Adams will leave his post next year.

Adams made the official announcement today in Athens.

When he leaves at the end of June, 2013, Michael Adams will have served 16 years as UGA’s 21st president.

 “I believe that there comes a time when it’s appropriate to step aside, to let others continue the work.”

According to UGA, significant strides have been made under Adams.

Student enrollment increased from 29,000 to nearly 35,000.

UGA’s endowment has nearly tripled from the time Adams took office to 2011.

Adams said any successes were a collective effort.

“None of these were personal accomplishments but they were accomplishments of a strong and dedicated team,” said Adams.

There have also been some unpopular moves by Adams.

His decision not to renew the contract of athletic director Vince Dooley set off a firestorm of criticism.

Adams pledged to stay connected with the UGA and Athens community.

The board of regents will conduct the search and hire UGA’s next president.


View a timeline of Michael Adams' tenure at UGA.


(Timeline created by Rob Aaron/WABE News)

(Sources for timeline:)

University of Georgia; New Georgia Encyclopedia; Red & Black; Atlanta Journal-Constitution; ESPN; Athens Banner-Herald; NCAA