Updated at: 02/04/2013 12:38 PM
By PHILLIP LUCAS
(AP) ATLANTA - The University of Georgia has hired a longtime administrator as its president.
The Georgia Board of Regents on Monday voted unanimously to hire provost Jere Morehead to succeed Michael Adams.
Morehead is a 1980 graduate of the University of Georgia Law School. He has also served as senior vice president for academic affairs. He becomes the 22nd university president.
A presidential search committee named Morehead as the sole finalist for the position last week. In mid-December the committeeannounced the field had been narrowed to nine candidates _ five of whom were college presidents.
Adams has praised Morehead for his integrity and institutional knowledge of the university. Adams is set to retire in June.
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