Jere W. Morehead is the 22nd and current president of the University of Georgia, he was the Josiah Meigs Professor of Legal Studies at the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business and the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. Jere Morehead was born in Lakeland and moved with his family to Atlanta as a teenager, he enrolled at Georgia State University in 1973 at the age of 16, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1977. He went on to attend the University of Georgia School of Law, graduating with a JD degree in 1980 at the age of 23. Morehead served as an Assistant United States Attorney from 1980 to 1986. In 1986, he returned to the University of Georgia as Assistant Professor of Legal Studies in the Terry College of Business, he has held an academic appointment within Terry College since, attaining the rank of associate professor in 1992 and full professor in 1999. In 1995, he served as a visiting professor of business law at the University of Michigan. In 2004, Morehead received a Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professorship, one of the University of Georgia's highest honors for a classroom teacher.
From 1986 to 1995, he was advisor for the UGA Law School's award-winning moot court team, he has since served as a judge for a number of moot court competitions. Morehead was appointed interim executive director of the Office of Legal Affairs in 1998. In 2004, he was promoted to Vice Provost for Academic Affairs. In late 2009, he was named Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost of UGA. On January 28, 2013, Morehead was announced as the sole finalist to be the 22nd President of the University of Georgia. Following a waiting period required by state law, the Board of Regents confirmed him to his new position, he assumed office on July 1, 2013, he is the sixth president to be an internal hire from within the University, with the most recent prior being O. C. Aderhold in 1950
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is an American non-profit foundation dedicated to fostering "informed and engaged communities" which the foundation believes are "essential for a healthy democracy." The foundation "supports ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts."The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation began as the Knight Memorial Education Fund in 1940. For its first decade, most contributions came from the Akron Beacon Miami Herald, it was incorporated as Knight Foundation in 1950 in Ohio, reincorporated as the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in Florida in 1993, its first grant in the area of journalism was to the Inter American Press Association in Miami. After Creed Black assumed the presidency in 1988, the foundation's national presence grew. In 1990 the board of trustees voted to relocate the foundation's headquarters from Akron, Ohio, to Miami, Florida; the Foundation's website describes grant-making programs in journalism and the arts.
Communities which had Knight-Ridder Newspapers in 1991, at the time of the last founder James L. Knight's death, are considered to be among the 26 "Knight Communities" which are eligible for funding through the Foundation's community and arts programs. Knight works in 26 communities in the United States. In eight communities, a local program director leads the work: Another 18 communities have'Knight Donor Advised Funds' guided by Knight Foundation via local community foundations. In those communities, the local community foundation is the first point of contact for funding: The foundation endows Knight Chairs who are journalists in tenured positions at universities across the United States. Journalism-technology labs in various universities are funded by Knight Foundation. Knight Foundation funds multimedia training in newsrooms such as National Public Radio and through programs like Knight-Mozilla OpenNews. Knight Foundation presidents have been: John S. Knight, James L. Knight, Lee Hills, Creed C.
Black, Hodding Carter III and Alberto Ibargüen. Any individual or U. S.-based organization may apply for a grant. The process of asking for a grant begins with a letter of inquiry describing the project concept. In addition to the foundation's regular granting program, there are three contests: The Knight News Challenge, the Knight Arts Challenge and the Knight Community Information Challenge. In 2011 the Foundation added the Black Male Engagement Challenge. In 2015 a grant agreement was reached with Wikimedia Foundation to build a search engine called Knowledge Engine. From 1907 to 1933, Charles Landon Knight published the Akron Beacon Journal. One of his practices was helping out financially strapped college students with their tuition. Following their father's death, John S. and James L. Knight created the Knight Memorial Education Fund in 1940 to continue the mission of helping poor Akron college students pay for college; the Akron Beacon Journal contributed some money to the education fund.
In December 1950, Knight Foundation was created with $9,047 transferred from that education fund. Knight Foundation incorporated in the state of Ohio with the goal of carrying out the work of the education fund. At its start, the foundation funded education, social services, cultural organizations and some journalism-related causes. In its first decade, the foundation's money came from contributions from the Akron Beacon Journal and the Miami Herald, as well as personal gifts by John and James Knight. Other Knight newspapers contributed in the early 1960s. Despite several family ties, the foundation was independent of Knight-owned newspapers. Newspaper contributions to the foundation stopped five years when Clara I. Knight, the Knights' mother, who died 12 November 1965, left her inheritance of 180,000 shares of Knight stock valued at $5.2 million, to the foundation. Two years in 1974, Knight Newspapers merged with Ridder Publications to create Knight-Ridder Inc. at the time the largest newspaper company in the country.
Lee Hills, former president of Knight Newspapers, became Knight-Ridder chairman and CEO. Hills, a foundation trustee since 1960, was the first person outside the family to head Knight Newspapers. In April 1975, John Knight signed his final will, leaving the bulk of his Knight-Ridder shares to Knight Foundation; the foundation opened its first office in Akron with two full-time employees: President Ben Maidenburg, former Akron Beacon Journal executive editor and his secretary, Shirley Follo. More than a year after taking the reins, Maidenburg fell ill; the foundation's headquarters moved from Akron to Miami in 1990. At that time, the foundation's portfolio was valued at $522 million and staff had grown to 14 employees. On 5 February 1991, James Knight died, leaving a bulk of his estate, $200 million, to the foundation. Hills succeeded as chairman of the board. With the foundation besieged by requests in the early 1990s for emergency funding to "save our symphony," Penelope McPhee, director of the Arts Program, designed the Magic of Music initiative.
In 1992, Knight launched the five-year initiative with $5.4 million in grants to build the connection between orchestras and their audiences. In 1999, the foundation approved a second phase, expanding the program to a total of $13 million over 12 years. Knight-Ridder newspapers and the foundation held ties to 26 U. S. cities and in 1998, the foundation's board of trustees voted to permanently fund these 26 cities, independent from where Knight-Ridder bought or sold their newspaper business in the future. Across the 26 cities, the
Montgomery is the capital city of the U. S. state of Alabama and the county seat of Montgomery County. Named for Richard Montgomery, it stands beside the Alabama River, on the coastal Plain of the Gulf of Mexico. In the 2010 Census, Montgomery's population was 205,764, it is the second most populous city in Alabama, after Birmingham, is the 118th most populous in the United States. The Montgomery Metropolitan Statistical Area's population in 2010 was estimated at 374,536; the city was incorporated in 1819 as a merger of two towns situated along the Alabama River. It became the state capital in 1846, representing the shift of power to the south-central area of Alabama with the growth of cotton as a commodity crop of the Black Belt and the rise of Mobile as a mercantile port on the Gulf Coast. In February 1861, Montgomery was chosen the first capital of the Confederate States of America, which it remained until the Confederate seat of government moved to Richmond, Virginia, in May of that year. In the middle of the 20th century, Montgomery was a major center of events and protests in the Civil Rights Movement, including the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Selma to Montgomery marches.
In addition to housing many Alabama government agencies, Montgomery has a large military presence, due to Maxwell Air Force Base. Two ships of the United States Navy have been named after the city, including USS Montgomery. Montgomery has been recognized nationally for its downtown revitalization and new urbanism projects, it was one of the first cities in the nation to implement Smart Code Zoning. Prior to European colonization, the east bank of the Alabama River was inhabited by the Alibamu tribe of Native Americans; the Alibamu and the Coushatta, who lived on the west side of the river, were descended from the Mississippian culture. This civilization had numerous chiefdoms throughout the Midwest and South along the Mississippi and its tributaries, had built massive earthwork mounds as part of their society about 950–1250 AD, its largest location was in present-day Illinois east of St. Louis; the historic tribes spoke mutually intelligible Muskogean languages, which were related. Present-day Montgomery is built on the site of two Alibamu towns: Ikanatchati, meaning "red earth.
The first Europeans to travel through central Alabama were Hernando de Soto and his expedition, who in 1540 recorded going through Ikanatchati and camping for one week in Towassa. The next recorded European encounter occurred more than a century when an English expedition from Carolina went down the Alabama River in 1697; the first permanent European settler in the Montgomery area was James McQueen, a Scots trader who settled there in 1716. He married a high-status woman in the Alabama tribe, their mixed-race children were considered Muskogean, as both tribes had a matrilineal system of property and descent. The children were always considered born into their mother's clan, gained their status from her people. In 1785, Abraham Mordecai, a war veteran from a Sephardic Jewish family of Philadelphia, established a trading post; the Coushatta and Alabama had moved south and west in the tidal plain. After the French were defeated by the British in 1763 in the Seven Years' War and ceded control of their lands, these Native American peoples moved to parts of present-day Mississippi and Texas areas of Spanish rule, which they thought more favorable than British-held areas.
By the time Mordecai arrived, Creek had migrated into and settled in the area, as they were moving away from Cherokee and Iroquois warfare to the north. Mordecai married a Creek woman; when her people had to cede most of their lands after the 1813-14 Creek War, she joined them in removal to Indian Territory. Mordecai brought the first cotton gin to Alabama; the Upper Creek were able to discourage most European-American immigration until after the conclusion of the Creek War. Following their defeat by General Andrew Jackson in August 1814, the Creek tribes were forced to cede 23 million acres to the United States, including remaining land in today's Georgia and most of today's central and southern Alabama. In 1816, the Mississippi Territory organized Montgomery County, its former Creek lands were sold off the next year at the federal land office in Milledgeville, Georgia. The first group of European-American settlers to come to the Montgomery area was headed by General John Scott; this group founded Alabama Town about 2 miles downstream on the Alabama River from present-day downtown Montgomery.
In June 1818, county courts were moved from Fort Jackson to Alabama Town. Alabama was admitted to the Union in December 1819. Soon after, Andrew Dexter Jr. founded the present-day eastern part of downtown. He envisioned a prominent future for his town. New Philadelphia soon prospered, Scott and his associates built a new town adjacent, calling it East Alabama Town. Rivals, the towns merged on December 3, 1819, were incorporated as the town of Montgomery; the name Montgomery came from a Revolutionary War general. Slave traders used the Alabama River t
Josiah Meigs was an American academic and government official. He was the first acting president of the University of Georgia in Athens, where he implemented the university's first physics curriculum in 1801, president of the Columbian Institute for the Promotion of Arts and Sciences, his grandson was Major General Montgomery C. Meigs. Meigs was the last child of Jonathan Meigs and Elizabeth Hamlin Meigs, his older brother was Return J. Meigs, Sr. whose son was Return J. Meigs, Jr. who served as a United States Senator and Governor of Ohio. After graduating from Yale University in 1778 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, Meigs studied law and was a Yale tutor in mathematics, natural philosophy and astronomy. Yale class of 1778 included Noah Webster, Joel Barlow, Oliver Wolcott, Uriah Tracy, Zephaniah Swift, Ashur Miller, Noah Smith, he was admitted to the bar in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1783, served as New Haven city clerk from 1784 to 1789. During this period he established and published The New Haven Gazette and in 1788 published the first American Medical Journal.
In 1789 Meigs left New Haven for St. George, where he practiced law and was involved in defending the owners of U. S. vessels, captured by British privateers. In 1794 he returned to the United States and took the chair of mathematics and natural philosophy at Yale; as a Republican, he was in conflict with the Federalists. He taught there until 1801 when he was chosen as the first acting president of the University of Georgia in Athens, his salary at Georgia was fixed at fifteen hundred dollars, he was given four hundred dollars in moving expenses for his family. At Georgia, Meigs implemented the university's first physics curriculum in 1801, he resigned as president on August 9, 1810, after clashing with the Board of Trustees for the University. John Brown was elected by the Board of Trustees as the new president. After his academic career at UGA, Meigs was appointed Surveyor General by President James Madison in 1812, residing in Cincinnati, Ohio, he accepted an appointment as Commissioner of the United States General Land Office in Washington, D.
C. in 1814. During his tenure at the U. S. Land Office, under Jefferson,he instituted the nation's first system of daily meteorological observations at the land offices throughout the country which evolved into the National Weather Service. During the 1820s, Meigs was a member of the prestigious society, Columbian Institute for the Promotion of Arts and Sciences, who counted among their members former presidents Andrew Jackson and John Quincy Adams and many prominent men of the day, including well-known representatives of the military, government service and other professions. Meigs was at one point, the president of the Columbian Institute, he was one of the original corporators and trustees of Columbian College, professor of experimental philosophy there. In 1782, Meigs married Clara Benjamin, their son Henry Meigs served in the U. S. Congress. Another son, Charles Delucena Meigs, became a prominent obstetrician, their daughter Clara married John Forsyth, U. S. Secretary of State under Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren.
Meigs died on September 4, 1822 and was buried in Holmead's Cemetery in Washington, D. C; the cemetery was disbanded and the graves removed, so he was reinterred in Arlington National Cemetery in 1878 in the lot of his grandson, Major General Montgomery C. Meigs, he is remembered at the University of Georgia in the name of the university's highest teaching honor. The university annually recognizes up to five faculty members with the Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professorship; the city of Meigs, Georgia, is named in his honor as is Meigs Street in Georgia. History of the University of Georgia, Thomas Walter Reed, Imprint: Athens, Georgia: University of Georgia, ca. 1949 Arlington National Cemetery headstone and short bio for Josiah Meigs New Georgia Encyclopedia entry for Josiah Meigs History of Meigs Hall on the UGA campus Meigs, William Montgomery. Life of Josiah Meigs. Philadelphia. William M. Meigs, Life of Josiah Meigs, Philadelphia, 1887. 132 pages. "Meigs, Return Jonathan". Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography.
Ohio State University
The Ohio State University referred to as Ohio State or OSU, is a large public research university in Columbus, Ohio. Founded in 1870 as a land-grant university and the ninth university in Ohio with the Morrill Act of 1862, the university was known as the Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College; the college began with a focus on training students in various agricultural and mechanical disciplines but it developed into a comprehensive university under the direction of then-Governor Rutherford B. Hayes, in 1878 the Ohio General Assembly passed a law changing the name to "The Ohio State University", it has since grown into the third-largest university campus in the United States. Along with its main campus in Columbus, Ohio State operates regional campuses in Lima, Marion and Wooster; the university has an extensive student life program, with over 1,000 student organizations. Ohio State athletic teams compete in Division I of the NCAA and are known as the Ohio State Buckeyes. Athletes from Ohio State have won 100 Olympic medals.
The university is a member of the Big Ten Conference for the majority of sports. The Ohio State men's ice hockey program competes in the Big Ten Conference, while its women's hockey program competes in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. In addition, the OSU men's volleyball team is a member of the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. OSU is one of only 14 universities; the proposal of a manufacturing and agriculture university in central Ohio was met in the 1870s with hostility from the state's agricultural interests and competition for resources from Ohio University, chartered by the Northwest Ordinance, Miami University. Championed by the Republican stalwart Governor Rutherford B. Hayes, The Ohio State University was founded in 1870 as a land-grant university under the Morrill Act of 1862 as the Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College; the school was within a farming community on the northern edge of Columbus. While some interests in the state had hoped the new university would focus on matriculating students of various agricultural and mechanical disciplines, Hayes manipulated both the university's location and its initial board of trustees towards a more comprehensive end.
The university opened its doors to 24 students on September 17, 1873. In 1878, the first class of six men graduated; the first woman graduated the following year. In 1878, in light of its expanded focus, the Ohio legislature changed the name to "The Ohio State University", with "The" as part of its official name. Ohio State began accepting graduate students in the 1880s, in 1891, the school saw the founding of its law school, Moritz College of Law, it would acquire colleges of medicine, optometry, veterinary medicine and journalism in subsequent years. In 1916, Ohio State was elected into membership in the Association of American Universities. Michael V. Drake, former chancellor of the University of California, became the 15th president of The Ohio State University on June 30, 2014. Ohio State's 1,764-acre main campus is about 2.5 miles north of the city's downtown. The historical center of campus is a quad of about 11 acres. Four buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places: Hale Hall, Hayes Hall, Ohio Stadium, Orton Hall.
Unlike earlier public universities such as Ohio University and Miami University, whose campuses have a consistent architectural style, the Ohio State campus is a mix of traditional and post-modern styles. The William Oxley Thompson Memorial Library, anchoring the Oval's western end, is Ohio State library's main branch and largest repository; the Thompson Library was designed in 1913 by the Boston firm of Allen and Collens in the Italianate Renaissance Revival style, its placement on the Oval was suggested by the Olmsted Brothers who had designed New York City's Central Park. In 2006, the Thompson Library began a $100 million renovation to maintain the building's classical Italian Renaissance architecture. Ohio State operates the North America's 18th-largest university research library with a combined collection of over 5.8 million volumes. Additionally, the libraries receive about 35,000 serial titles, its recent acquisitions were 16th among university research libraries in North America. Along with 21 libraries on its Columbus campus, the university has eight branches at off-campus research facilities and regional campuses, a book storage depository near campus.
In all, the Ohio State library system encompasses specialty collections. Some more significant collections include The Byrd Polar Research Center Archival Program, which has the archives of Admiral Richard E. Byrd and other polar research materials. Anchoring the traditional campus gateway at the eastern end of the Oval is the 1989 Wexner Center for the Arts. Designed by architects Peter Eisenman of New York and Richard Trott of Columbus, the center was funded in large part by Ohio State alumnus Leslie Wexner's gift of $25 million in the 1980s; the center was founded to encompass all aspects of visual and performing art
Jonathan Clark Rogers
Jonathan Clark Rogers was President of the University of Georgia in Athens from 1949 until 1950. Born in 1885 in Richmond, Rogers earned his B. S. at Piedmont College in 1906 and his civil engineering degree from Earlham College the following year. He earned an M. A. from Columbia University in 1927. In 1934 he received an honorary EdD degree from Piedmont College. Rogers taught at Oakwood Seminary in Union Springs, New York until 1911 when he joined Piedmont College. There he taught and served as Dean until 1934 when he became President of North Georgia College in Dahlonega. Rogers assumed the presidency at NGC shortly after it was reduced to a junior college in 1933. During his presidency, enrollment at North Georgia rose from 160 to 702, thus making it the largest junior college in Georgia at the time. In January 1949 he was selected as the President of UGA. Rogers' tenure at UGA was brief due to a power struggle with some members of the Georgia Board of Regents over whether the College of Agriculture should remain a part of the University or become its own institution.
UGA kept the school. After leaving the University in 1950, Rogers directed Tallulah Falls School and worked at Reinhardt College as a math professor and counselor from 1957 to 1962. On October 24, 1967, Rogers died in Gainesville and was buried in Demorest, Georgia