Adams: 'Time Has Come' to Step Down as UGA President
ATHENS - Michael Adams officially announced his retirement UGA president on Thursday, speaking to a crowd of several hundred at the campus chapel in a quick ceremony.
"There comes a time when it is appropriate to step aside to let others continue the work, and that time has come for me," said Adams, who will leave his position on June 30, 2013. "My love will always be deep for the University of Georgia, where I have spent the most productive years of my career."
Adams, who became president in 1997, said he will spend his final year working on a fundraising campaign. Then he will stay on campus as a faculty member.
Adams and his wife Mary received a standing ovation from the crowd, which included faculty, some students and staff. Athletics director Greg McGarity and associate A.D.'s Frank Crumley and Carla Williams also attended.
"I continue to believe that the people of this state deserve a flagship university every bit as good as do the people of California or Michigan or North Carolina," Adams said. "Together we have made great process in that regard, and I thank all of you for the opportunity to serve in this capacity."
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