Tuesday, August 6, 2013

New Faculty Tour: Day 1

Written by Kelly Simmons, UGA public affairs representative 

After a send off by University System Board of Regents Chairman Dink NeSmith at the Georgia Center Monday afternoon, 40 UGA faculty members boarded a bus and traveled to the Hall County Civic Center in Gainesville for the first stop on the 2013 New Faculty Tour.

Following a reception and dinner, the group heard from President Jere Morehead who urged them to remember the land-grant mission of the university and look for ways to serve the state.

"It's done everywhere on campus," he said of public service and outreach, whose vice president is leading the four-day tour. "It's a mission that crosses all disciplinary areas of our campus."

University System Regent Philip Wilheit of Gainesville told the faculty members that UGA has been instrumental in helping Hall County land major manufacturing firms, which offer good salaries and benefits to North Georgia residents. UGA also played a critical role in helping entrepreneurs launch a wine industry in the Georgia mountains. 

“That was a direct result of the relationship between economic development and UGA,” Wilheit said. 

The New Faculty Tour will continue today with visits to Jaemor Farms in Alto and the Centergy Building, Capitol and UGA Alumni Center in Atlanta. 

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