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USG Board of Regents to meet at UNG

University of North Georgia President Bonita Jacobs, third from left, is shown at her April 2013 inauguration with Philip Wilheit, chairman of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG), Gov. Nathan Deal and USG Chancellor Hank Huckaby. Less than a year later, Wilheit and Huckaby will return to UNG along with the Board of Regents on April 15-16 for the board's regular meeting.

The University of North Georgia (UNG) will host the April meeting of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, which will take place April 15-16 on UNG's Dahlonega Campus.

The Board of Regents is the 19-member governing body for the University System of Georgia (USG) and its 31 member institutions. The board holds most of its monthly meetings at the USG offices in Atlanta, but schedules a couple of meetings each year on campuses of its member institutions.

"We are very excited to welcome the Board of Regents to our campuses and we look forward to showcasing the strengths of our university," said UNG President Bonita Jacobs. "During the two days of meetings, we will underscore that UNG, which is positioned in the most rapidly growing region of the state, is made up of four campuses united by a single mission focused on academic excellence and developing students into leaders for a diverse and global society."

The Board of Regents currently is chaired by Philip Wilheit of Gainesville. He represents the state's 9th District, which includes the area covered by UNG. He is president of Wilheit Packaging and Marketing Images in Gainesville, Ga.

UNG and its students, faculty, staff, and facilities will be featured throughout the two days. The Board of Regents will hold its business meetings in the Library Technology Center.

Monday afternoon, UNG student ambassadors and cadets will welcome the guests at hotels. On Monday evening, prior to the official start of the meeting, regents, USG staff and guests will attend a reception and dinner hosted by Regent Philip and Mrs. Mary Hart Wilheit at the student center on UNG's Gainesville Campus. The group will be treated to a driving tour of that campus and the UNG Jazz Combo will perform during the reception.

Tuesday morning, the Blue Ridge Rifles will perform a brief squad demonstration at the Brooks Pennington Jr. Military Leadership Center before the board meeting begins. Also on Tuesday, student leaders from UNG's four campuses will represent the university's students at a luncheon, where Cadet Chaplain Matthew McClure will present the invocation. The UNG Patriot Choir is scheduled to perform during Tuesday night's dinner.

While the meeting sessions are being held, spouses and guests of the USG and Board of Regents will learn about the community’s history by visiting the Dahlonega Gold Museum and the Vickery House, home to UNG's Georgia Appalachian Studies Center.

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia was created in 1931 as a part of a reorganization of Georgia's state government. With this act, public higher education in Georgia was unified for the first time under a single governing and management authority.

The governor appoints members of the board to a seven-year term and regents may be reappointed to subsequent terms by a sitting governor. The board is made up of 19 members, five of whom are appointed from the state at-large, and one from each of the state's 14 congressional districts. The board elects a chancellor who serves as its chief executive officer and the chief administrative officer of the University System. The board oversees the University System of Georgia, the Georgia Archives and the Georgia Public Library System.

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