President Emeritus, University of Georgia
Dr. Michael F. Adams served as the 21st president of the University of Georgia,from 1997 until his retirement on June 30, 2013. He continues to serve the university as the president emeritus and also holds an academic appointment as professor of speech communication.
Dr. Adams is widely recognized as a national leader in the advancement of higher education. He is the only person to serve as chairman of both the American Council on Education and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. Adams has received more than 50 awards in higher education, including the Pioneer Award for leadership in Civil Rights and the James T. Rogers Award from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Under his leadership, the University of Georgia rose into the upper echelon of American public universities.
Prior to serving as Georgia’s president, he was president of Centre College for nine years, 1988-1997. He began his career in education as faculty at Ohio State University and then as vice president for university affairs at Pepperdine. Before entering higher education, he held a number of political positions including serving as Senate Minority Leader Howard Baker’s chief of staff from 1975-1979.