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.