Laura Meadows has been appointed interim director of the Carl Vinson Institute of Government. The appointment became effective July 12.
Meadows assumes her expanded leadership role in the institute while continuing to serve as associate director of its training division, a position she has held since 2009.
“Laura Meadows exhibits great enthusiasm and dedication to serving governments at all levels,” said Jennifer Frum, interim vice president for public service and outreach. “Her deep understanding of the University of Georgia and the Vinson Institute’s programs ensures that the institute will continue to help governments find effective and innovative ways to serve their residents.”
The Vinson Institute is a public service unit within UGA that works closely with state and local governments and provides them with customized assistance, objective research, and training and development programs. The institute’s training division provides professional development to thousands of local and state government officials and staff each year.
Prior to joining the Vinson Institute, Meadows served as associate vice president for economic development at UGA, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and assistant secretary of state for the state of Georgia.