The University of Georgia, a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education.

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Message from Jere W. Morehead, President

The University of Georgia’s commitment to enhancing the quality of life of Georgians has remained strong since the institution was founded in 1785. One of the most important aspects of this commitment is promoting economic development. Today, the institution plays a critical role in fueling Georgia’s economy. Through world-class teaching, research, and service, UGA is helping to launch and attract new businesses, to create high-paying jobs, and to deliver innovative products to the market.

Georgia is recognized as the best in the nation for doing business. Its economy—which is broad-based and technology-rich—is the 10th largest in the United States. We are proud that the University of Georgia was among the inaugural group of 16 institutions named an “Innovation and Economic Prosperity University” by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. This designation acknowledges our work with public and private partners to promote economic development throughout Georgia and across the nation.

Without a doubt, the University of Georgia is good for business, good for communities, and good for Georgia.

Jere Morehead

Jere W. Morehead
President, The University of Georgia

The mission of the Office of Economic Development  is to extend the resources of the university to help Georgia and beyond prosper, working every day to improve the quality of life for Georgians. Based in Atlanta, the office serves businesses and communities throughout the state.


Sean McMillan
Director, Office of Economic Development

The mission of the Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach, accomplished through its eight individual units, is to create jobs, develop leaders and help Georgians address the challenges facing their communities.


Laura Meadows
Interim Vice President, Public Service and Outreach

The mission of the Office of Research is to encourage and support innovative interdisciplinary research, scholarship, and creative activities that contribute to the physical, emotional, and economic well-being of the people of Georgia, the nation, and the world.

David Lee

David Lee
Vice President for Research