Campus News

UGA president emeritus takes new roles in higher education, diplomacy

UGA President Emeritus Michael F. Adams was named chancellor of Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.

Adams, who served as UGA president from 1997-2013, will serve as an advisor to Pepperdine President Andrew K. Benton. As chancellor, Adams will focus on leading major initiatives and strengthening the university’s endowment, according to a Pepperdine University news release.

Adams was vice president of academic affairs at Pepperdine from 1982-1988.

“I am honored and delighted at this stage in my career to have the opportunity to serve an organization that I care deeply about,” Adams said. “With President Benton’s leadership and the support of the administration, I look forward to once again being part of the Pepperdine community and adding value to this fine institution that boasts a legacy of excellence.”

Adams also was named to the advisory board of the Cuba Consortium, a group that will lobby for normalized relations between Cuba and the U.S. That advisory board is co-chaired by former U.S. Sens. Nancy Kassebaum and Tom Daschle.