University of Georgia President Michael Adams told the UGA community Thursday morning what most already knew: that he’s leaving his job at the end of June next year.
In June 1997, Adams arrived from tiny Centre College, succeeding President Charles Knapp. When Adams became president, Zell Miller was governor. The $100,000 family income cap on HOPE scholarship recipients had been removed in 1995, attracting more students from educated, affluent families and raising the academic bar for those wanting to attend the state’s flagship institution.
But there have been bumps in the road for Adams–some of them huge.
At times during his tenure, the faculty has been at odds with Adams, who had not worked at a major research university before coming to UGA. In June 2000, 26 top UGA researchers wrote a letter saying that support for research had dropped under Adams.