Welcome to the Jere W. Morehead Honors College, the University of Georgia’s newest college, serving outstanding students from across the university.
At the Morehead Honors College, students are the heart of all that we do, all that we dream, and all that we hope to accomplish. We seek to inspire our undergraduates to expand their academic dreams—and to provide them the means to do so. We offer the best of two worlds: the personal approach of a small liberal arts college together with the great social and academic benefits of a major research university. Again and again, we see Honors students making their mark, whether it be earning a Rhodes Scholarship, providing key research on infectious diseases, or helping draft a piece of congressional legislation.
For our college, the past year has been a time of transformation and appreciation. In May 2021, we ended the celebration of our 60th anniversary in Honors by becoming the University of Georgia’s 18th college—the result of a $12 million fundraising campaign by former and current trustees of the University of Georgia Foundation. This campaign named the college after the university’s 22nd president, Jere W. Morehead, who served as director of the Honors Program from 1999-2004. In January 2022, we recognized our founding dean, David S. Williams, for his distinguished and dedicated service since 2004, expressing thanks to him as he returned to the faculty to continue his scholarship and teaching.
As students fill the halls each semester, we are excited to serve each of them through course offerings, academic and professional advising, lectures, funding opportunities, and more. With the generous private support afforded to our college through the recent naming campaign, we are able to offer our students significant funding for study abroad, scholarships, and other areas. Programming for students includes Honors internships in Washington, D.C., New York; Domestic Experiential Learning grants for Honors students to use around the U.S.; and Honors International Scholars Program support for students to study, work, and serve abroad. Undergraduate research opportunities with our finest faculty are supported through the Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO), and regular book discussions bring faculty and students together on meaningful topics. These are just a few of the many offerings awaiting Honors students at UGA.
It is a privilege to serve UGA’s finest students each and every day. I join with UGA faculty and Honors staff in wishing our Honors students, alumni, and friends all the best as we advance together.
Margaret A. “Meg” Amstutz