UGA's Morehead to speak at Quarterly Luncheon
by Jessica Loeding
Apr 26, 2014 | 2314 views | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Almost a year into his tenure as president of the University of Georgia, Jere Morehead will bring his economic development priority goals to Bartow County.

Morehead, named the 22nd president of UGA on July 1, 2013, will be the guest speaker at the Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce’s Quarterly Luncheon on Monday, May 5.

“President Morehead has made UGA’s role in economic development a top priority of his administration. In fact, on his first day in office he established an economic development office in Atlanta for that very purpose,” said Chuck Toney, assistant to the president. “As a land-grant university with a mission to serve the people of Georgia, UGA has a responsibility to make sure the resources of the faculty and staff are available to support the state’s economic growth.”

Tickets are available through April 30 — individual tickets may be purchased for $25 or a table sponsorship, which includes 10 tickets and recognition at the event, is available for $250. Scheduled for 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Clarence Brown Conference Center, the event is open to the public, and tickets are available by calling Cheryl Hyde at 770-382-1466 or emailing

Bringing together the business and education communities is paramount to Morehead’s administration.

“Public private partnerships are critically important to the University of Georgia. We rely on business partnerships for private support, internship and employment opportunities for students, faculty collaborations and many other efforts,” Toney said. “Employers across the board have told us that it is important that our graduates be both proficient in their fields but also have a strong educational core. We believe that the core curriculum at UGA through which our students progress in the first two years fully prepares them for the next step into a major field of study.”

For Parnick Jennings, chairman of the Chamber’s Quarterly Luncheon committee, the event has made officials from all levels accessible to Chamber members.

“... The speakers have been Steve Taylor, Bartow County commissioner; Matt Santini, city of Cartersville mayor; John Harper, Bartow County School System superintendent; and Howard Hinesley, Cartersville School superintendent. Many Chamber members do not have the opportunity during the day to speak with these local officials so members had the opportunity to have a face-to-face conversation,” Jennings said.

“In Mark 6:4, ‘But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.’ I felt it important that we honor our local officials before we went outside the community,” he added. “So many times people overlook the awesome leadership in their community. We made sure that did not happen.”

Previous events have drawn several hundred attendees and have included speakers such as former UGA football coach Vince Dooley.

“Our November program will be an update on the LakePoint Sporting Community and Town Center. Going forward, we will have a number of speakers on a state and national level,” Jennings said. “Committee members are always looking at speakers for the luncheons. I would also encourage the community to contact the Chamber if they have suggestions.”