UGA President Michael F. Adams, faculty members Charles Bullock and Samantha Joye and William D. Young Jr., chair of the UGA Foundation, were named to Georgia Trend’s 2012 list of Most Influential Georgians.
Individuals on the list “are selected for the power and influence they wield. These are the people who affect the lives and livelihood of all Georgians in one way or another,” according to the magazine.
Adams was commended for the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries, which opened this month, and the implementation of the First-Year Odyssey Seminars.
Bullock, the Richard B. Russell Professor of Political Science, was recognized for his role in teaching many of the state’s legislators, lobbyists, congressional chiefs of staffs and governors’ press secretaries. He also helps to inform public discussion on state and national politics by doing hundreds of media interviews and commentaries.
Joye, a professor in the department of marine sciences, was recognized for her nearly two-year assessment of the environmental impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Young was recognized for his work in unifying the Arch Foundation with the UGA Foundation in 2011. This new version of the organization manages more than $700 million in donor funds–each year the foundation provides more than $25 million to support UGA’s academic mission.