“Regent Larry Walker, who chaired the search committee, said,“This was a comprehensive and thorough national search that identified strong candidates. But it became clear to the committee that Jere stood head and shoulders above a national field.””
Of course the above statement is a joke since there is no way to document the qualifications of any of the others when the activities of the committee were secret just like Nazi, Germany.
About 56% of the 18 member board are either UGA graduates or have connections to UGA. In other words it is unfairly stacked in favor of UGA.
Walker, a lawyer who graduated from UGA, was appointed to this soft job by his friend and crony former Governor Perdue, also a UGA graduate, who lied to the public that he would allow them to vote on the State Flag.
All members of the board are appointed by Governors. In other words, no one has a chance to be on this good old boy board unless you are a friend and crony insider of the corrupt political system of Georgia. While politics is not supposed to be present in the operation of the University System of Georgia, in fact politics is the underlying floor of this cesspool.
Inbreeding breeds contempt and mediocrity. This is the basic reason why that although UGA brags it is the oldest state charted land grant institution, it has been going down hill ever since. There has been constant obstruction to top scholars, from the LeConte brothers, John and Joe in the nineteenth century, to Dean William L. Moss, M.D. in the twentieth century. All these top scholars left out of total frustration with a backward, inbred, provincial attitude toward higher education and research, just like the low level attitude being promoted by the inbred ancestors in Georgia today.
The new president is no exception and when he takes office of President in June, he will likely have reached his level of incompetence if he has not already done so. The corrupt Board of Regents wants a low level dupe whom they can control, not an independent pioneer, thinker and scholar.
Morehead’s degree is a law degree, which is not even considered by most scholars as an academic one, but a training degree in how to con and fool people, rather than enlighten them with any truths and knowledge. Lawyers are the biggest liars on the planet. The proof of their failure is that the run basically all three branches of our federal government and therefore are responsible for its dismal corrupt failure and bankruptcy. Every branch is totally corrupt and poisoned with improper and illegal activities outside of the supervision or control of any member of the public.
Lawyers have no remorse for their improper actions or sympathy for their many victims. They operate mostly in secret, just like this meaningless sham “search” for UGA President, which ended up choosing a good old boy crony just like the same corrupt one did for the high paid good old boy Chancellor Huckaby who makes about $500K per year while many taxpayers of Georgia are suffering and losing their homes and jobs and being put on the streets. He was appointed to this soft job over many other more qualified applicants, all secret of course, just like the sham appointment of Morehead.
Until the duped citizens of Georgia wake up from their slumber and realize that the problem with their State is a very inbred and corrupt government, which must be removed as soon as possible, Georgia will remain at the bottom of the heap inso called “higher” education. Note that not a single Nobel Prize winner has been produced at any of these low level institutions; the only ones in Georgia are Jimmy Carter and MLK for peace.
And do not expect the gutless chicken professors at UGA to speak up about any of this.
Reference:“Behind the Hedges Money and Power Politics at the University of Georgia” by Rich Whit,
New South Books, 2012. The author of this book won a Pulitizer prize for other work.