Athens, Ga. – University of Georgia Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Jere Morehead has named Meg Amstutz associate provost for academic programs.
Amstutz, who has served as chief of staff to President Michael F. Adams since 2007, will assume her new role effective July 1.
“Enhancing the learning environment with campus-wide academic events will elevate the intellectual life of our students and the entire university community,” Morehead said. “Dr. Amstutz has a demonstrated working knowledge of the university that will allow her to advance high-quality academic programming and increase opportunities for faculty enrichment on this campus.”
As associate provost for academic programs, Amstutz will be responsible for annual institutional academic programs such as Commencement, Honors Day and the Charter Lectures. She will encourage and support large, nonrecurring events exemplified in years past by the university’s conference on the Carter presidency and a visit by former President George H.W. Bush. Amstutz also will work with established programs and units-such as the First-Year Odyssey Program, Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, and annual Academic Affairs Faculty Symposium-to develop, expand and promote academic programming for students and faculty.
The associate provost for academic programs also is responsible for benchmarking the university’s academic policies and faculty support programs with peer and aspirational institutions to maintain the university’s national competitiveness in attracting and retaining faculty.
Amstutz earned her doctorate and master’s degree in English and American Literature from Washington University in St. Louis and her bachelor’s degree in English from Centre College. She is an adjunct assistant professor of English at UGA who has taught Honors and First-Year Odyssey seminars and has an extensive record of university service. She has served on the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Reaffirmation Quality Enhancement Plan Team, planning committees for Commencement and other major campus events as well as the steering committee for the Georgia Regents University/UGA Medical Partnership. Before coming to UGA, she served in various administrative roles at the Missouri Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
“Academic programming outside of the classroom plays a critical role in stimulating an intellectually vibrant campus culture,” Amstutz said. “I look forward to working with faculty, administrators, staff and students to build on the university’s outstanding programs.”