Meredith Goes to Mississippi

Georgia is going to need a new Chancellor. Tom Meredith will be moving.

Though Meredith is respected throughout the state, rumors were mounting that his days in Georgia were numbered following the UGA Foundation struggle, a 2004 flirtation with a job in Tennessee when Meredith felt regents failed to pay him what he was due and a mid-year tuition increase proposal that Meredith dropped after Gov. Sonny Perdue privately met with some regents.

Meredith, a former vice chancellor at the University of Mississippi, has served as chancellor in Georgia since 2002. But in recent months, a handful of regents had expressed dissatisfaction with his work.

Regent Martin NeSmith said the few people who had an issue with Meredith “were misguided, and by far in the minority.”

But, NeSmith said, “it creates unpleasant working conditions.”

Regents in May renewed Meredith’s contract for another year, voting on the extension after a two-hour closed-door session.

Hmmmm. . . Kirby Godsey will be retiring from Mercer soon. I don’t know that there is a more competent University administrator in the state than him.


  1. Booray says:

    I think this is a very important story whose significance could be missed. Governor Perdue has fought with a belligerent bureaucracy full of Dem holdovers who knifed him in the back when they could. Meredith was the most high-profile member of this group. The fact that the governor has finally seen him off is big news. I hope this throws the fear of God into all the Dem bureaucrats left up there who refuse to acknowledge they work for the rightful winner of the last election.

  2. Nate says:

    Betty Siegel the president of Kennesaw State University, which is the third largest university in the state and soon to be second largest is also retiring in December. She was the first female to be a college president in Georgia. It will be interesting to see how that develops.

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