Dr. Margaret A. “Meg” Amstutz oversees the operations of the Jere W. Morehead Honors College as well as the campus-wide Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO) and the Foundation Fellowship, the University’s premier academic scholarship.
Serving as UGA’s Accreditation Liaison to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), she ensures that compliance with accreditation requirements is incorporated into the institution’s planning and evaluation processes.
Prior to leading the Morehead Honors College in 2022, she served as Associate Provost for Academic Programs and Chief of Staff in the Provost’s Office. In this role, she served as a key advisor on administrative and academic affairs, led campus-wide initiatives of the Provost’s Office, and worked closely with campus and external stakeholders. She also oversaw the Office of Academic Programs, the Office of Accreditation and Institutional Effectiveness, and the Provost’s Office staff, who reported through her to the Provost. The University’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa—the first PBK chapter in the state of Georgia—is jointly housed in the Office of Academic Programs and the Morehead Honors College.
Her additional responsibilities included coordinating the selection process for major awards administered by the Provost’s Office, including the Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professorships, the Richard B. Russell Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, and other faculty recognition awards. She oversaw leadership programs for faculty, including the Women’s Leadership Fellows Program and the SEC Academic Leadership Development Program. She coordinated the University’s Signature Lectures, including the Charter Lecture series; co-chaired the UGA Commencement Committee; and chaired the Honorary Degree Committee. She also chaired the working group for UGA’s Comprehensive Administrative Review, an initiative of the University System of Georgia.
From July 2017 to July 2018, Amstutz served as interim President of the College of Coastal Georgia, a state college in the University System of Georgia. The College of Coastal Georgia’s mission is to provide an affordable and accessible quality education for residents of Georgia and beyond, focusing on student progression and timely graduation. During the year, she emphasized enrollment growth and faculty development to ready the campus for its next president. Under her leadership, the college saw enrollment growth of 3.8 percent in Fall 2017, 2.0 percent in Spring 2018, and 8.4 percent in Summer 2018.
Amstutz’s work in the University of System of Georgia began in 1997 with 16 years of service in the Office of the President at UGA. Her initial ten years as Assistant to the President were followed by six years as Chief of Staff.
During her career, she has regularly taught Honors seminar classes, led book discussions, and participated on Foundation Fellowship selection committees. A past president and current officer of UGA’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, she has also served as an advisor to UGA’s chapter of Blue Key Honor Society. She currently serves on the Editorial Board of the University of Georgia Press.
A member of Leadership Georgia and LEAD Athens, she has been actively involved on the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia’s Regional Advisory Board. Prior to arriving in Athens, she worked with the Missouri Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Amstutz received her bachelor’s degree in English from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, and holds master’s and doctoral degrees in English and American literature from Washington University in St. Louis.