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Posted: January 27, 2012

Pres. Adams: Invest in UGA

By Veronica Waters

ATLANTA, Ga. None —

The president of the University of Georgia says the best way to revive the state's economy is to invest in UGA. 

WSB's Bob Coxe reports that in his State of the University address, Dr. Michael Adams said after two straight years of budget cuts, UGA needs both public and private help to avoid losing ground academically.

Adams notes university system employees haven't had a raise in three years.


"We absolutely must have help on faculty and staff salaries," said Adams. 

Governor Deal's new budget includes more money for growth in enrollment, but cuts over $35 million from the system's teaching programs.  The president says he has lobbied hard against any more reductions.

"I have made the case in Atlanta to the point that some members of the legislature run when they see me coming," he said. 


Adams contends, "The road to change in Georgia leads through Athens."