Campus NewsJune 2004: Vol. 83, No. 3

UGA Hourglass


Student vote tally is 1,058-47 in favor of putting phones in dorm rooms . . . New physics building (still in use today) is christened with an open house . . . To improve GPAs, IFC discusses delaying fall rush and not awarding pledge bids till after mid-terms grade reports.


Plans are finalized for student seating at home football games. Cost: $1 . . . Committee approves African-American studies program . . . Oglethorpe House, UGA’s first co-ed dorm, opens. Men and women are housed in different sections of the building, but they have common recreational areas and dining facilities.


Athens mayor and city council repeal a 1960 ordinance outlawing pinball machines . . . Hoping to increase students’ productivity and combat burnout, professor Josef Broder proposes a four-day work week akin to Emory’s with Wednesday free . . . Referendum to abolish the Student Government Association passes 1,267-862.


Latin enjoys such a resurgence that a 12th tenure-track position is added to UGA’s Latin department, a national leader in teacher preparation . . . Faculty member Thomas Schoenbaum writes book about UGA law professor and former U.S. Secretary of State Dean Rusk . . . Deanne Burnett is third swimmer in four years to win $10,000 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.


UGA wins four NCAA championships: men’s golf and tennis, women’s swimming, and gymnastics . . . Herty Drive parking lot will be converted to grassy quadrangle as part of new master plan

. . . The last paper-and-pencil version of the GRE is given before the test switches to computerized version.

— Stacey McGhee (ABJ ’04)

Former president, whose 19-year tenure helped transform UGA into a major research institution, dies at age 74
Fred Davison: 1929-2004

The new East Campus Village
UGA experienced unprecedented growth during Davison’s presidency. The total budget grew fivefold, from $72.5 million to $370 million —and much of that growth was in the research budget, which soared from $15.6 million to more than $96 million. Research contracts and grants climbed from less than $7 million to more than $27 million. Graduate enrollment more than doubled. Faculty increased from 1,150 to 1,850.
The new East Campus Village
Former UGA president Henry King Stanford and current president Michael F. Adams posed with Davison on April 16 when the life sciences building was named for him.
Fred C. Davison (DVM ’52), 17th president of the University of Georgia and the man widely credited as the architect of UGA’s rise into the ranks of top U.S. research institutions, died April 28 in Augusta.

Davison, who served as president from 1967-86, had returned to campus on April 16, when the life sciences complex was named the Fred C. Davison Life Sciences Complex in his honor. During his tenure at the university, he promoted the concept of a single facility to house the burgeoning genetics and biochemistry programs. He helped plan and design the building and was instrumental in obtaining state funding for its construction.

“The influence that Fred Davison had on this institution will endure for generations to come,” says UGA President Michael F. Adams. “He was especially instrumental in UGA’s rapid rise in research, particularly in the life sciences. Students and scholars who never knew him will benefit from his foresight.”

“It was the vision of Fred Davison to change the University of Georgia into a major research institution,” says former president Charles B. Knapp, who served from 1987-97. “He was selfless and tireless in his dedication to this vision, and he was successful.”

Davison made scientific research a top priority of his administration. During his tenure, the university’s total budget grew fivefold, from $72.5 million to $370 million—and much of that growth was in the research budget, which soared from $15.6 million to more than $96 million.

Funding from research contracts and grants climbed from less than $7 million to more than $27 million during his presidency. Graduate enrollment more than doubled. Doctoral degrees awarded annually rose from 123 to 300. The number of faculty increased from 1,150 to 1,850 during his administration.

A Marietta native, Davison attended Oxford College of Emory University before transferring to the University of Georgia in 1948, where he earned a doctoral degree in veterinary medicine in 1952. After practicing in Marietta for several years, he went to Iowa State University, where he taught veterinary medicine and became the leader of an Atomic Energy Commission research project that focused on stable rare-earth compounds.

After earning a doctorate in pathology and biochemistry at Iowa State, he worked for the American Veterinary Medical Association for a year before being named dean of the UGA veterinary college in 1964. In 1966, he became vice chancellor of the University System of Georgia, a position he held for a year before being named UGA president at the age of 37.

When he stepped down as president, contributions from alumni and friends established the Fred C. Davison Professorship, an endowed chair in the veterinary medicine college.

After leaving the presidency, Davison spent two years on the veterinary faculty, continuing to push for advances in biotechnology. In 1988, he became president and CEO of the National Science Center Foundation Inc., in Augusta, a position he held until retiring in 2002.

— Larry Dendy (ABJ ’65), Kim Cretors (AB ’89), and Tom Jackson (AB ’73)

State budget crisis has cost UGA 650 positions in past 18 months
Layoffs unavoidable

When the layoff of 47 staff members was announced April 8, it was the latest impact of an ongoing state budget crisis that has seen total UGA employment decline by 650 positions in the past year and a half.

To stave off layoffs, tightened hiring requirements had held selected vacancies open following retirements or resignations. But since last fall, senior officials have realized that if state budget reductions proposed for fiscal year 2005 were adopted, layoffs would be unavoidable for the year beginning July 1.

“We can’t consider the impact of these 47 layoffs apart from the larger picture,” says Arnett C. Mace Jr., senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. “As of July 1, we will be operating with some 700 fewer employees than two years ago and with a budget that’s $74 million less.”

“Originally, more employees were facing layoffs than the current 47,” says Andy Brantley, associate vice president for human resources. “A number of employees found alternate positions inside or outside the University. Others chose to retire before their positions were eliminated. However, we are less concerned with the numbers than the impact on individuals’ lives and the workload impact on remaining employees.”

Across the state, 18 positions in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences were eliminated.

“The cuts to the B-budget units have been particularly severe, and our reductions were made in units that were simply out of money to pay these people,” says Dean Gale Buchanan. Three other positions were reduced to part-time jobs.

The Georgia Center for Continuing Education sustained 18 layoffs, including the closure of the American Language Program, which helped potential international students and spouses improve their English. The program was dependent on grants and fees and had been unable to improve its fundraising to cover costs.

“While this was valuable for individuals hoping to gain admission to UGA,” says Mace, “the great majority of our international students have excellent TOEFL [Test of English as a Foreign Language] scores and gain admission to the University without this extra assistance.”

In the Vinson Institute of Government, the cuts result from two state department of human resources contracts lost to state budget cuts. Under one, the Vinson Institute has been providing mental health board training for DHR; under the other, it has been providing training in child and family health policy.

Public Service and Outreach eliminated its support for the Museum of Natural History (which now will be funded only from the instruction and research budgets) and eliminated positions in marine extension and international public service and outreach.

“Our top priority is helping those who are laid off to find suitable employment at UGA prior to June 30,” says Brantley. “In the event someone is not, we have plans to provide additional assistance at that time, but we hope it won’t be necessary.”

A number of University services will continue to be available to laid-off personnel through October, including personal counseling for potential emotional, financial, and legal issues through UGA’s Employee Assistance Program. Laid-off employees may take advantage of all services available to alumni through UGA’s Career Center, including career counseling, and they may attend programs available through the Training and Development Department. They may retain their UGA e-mail accounts for use in their job search, and UGA Cards to continue to access campus events and services. Existing parking permits may be retained at no additional cost through October, and Ramsey Center memberships may be continued through October, if prepaid.

—Tom Jackson (AB 73)


At graduation ceremonies on May 8, student speaker Mike Mannina first reminisced about the joys of college before turning serious. “Outside of these walls we've been housed in lies a crazy, broken world,” said Mannina, who encouraged his fellow graduates to improve the conditions of others, not just themselves, with their degrees. Commencement speaker Dan Amos (BBA ’73), chairman and CEO of AFLAC, also spoke from the heart. “While you should treasure a job, a job should never be your treasure,” said Amos, who heads one of the nation's leading insurers, which grosses $10.2 billion annually. “Relationships with family and friends are the most important investments you'll ever make.”

Sibley lecturer Chester Davenport says Horace Ward was his inspiration
Law school pioneer recalls integration
The new East Campus Village
The new East Campus Village
In spring 1963, as Charlayne Hunter and Hamilton Holmes—the first African-American students admitted to UGA—were finishing their studies and preparing for graduation, a young Athenian applied to UGA’s School of Law. Chester Davenport was admitted without fanfare and three years later became the law school’s first African-American graduate.

Nearly four decades later, Davenport (LLB ’66) was back on campus to deliver the law school’s Sibley Lecture in April and to participate in a panel discussion with other law school pioneers

“The biggest difference,” said Davenport of the law school then and now, “is the number of women and minorities.”

During his three years in law school, Davenport remained the only African-American. In contrast, this year’s entering law class is the most diverse in history with 128 women (almost 50 percent of the class) and 62 minority students (24 percent).

Davenport told a packed house in the Chapel that he has often been asked why he chose to apply to UGA: “I have one simple answer—Horace Ward.”

Ward, who was in the audience to hear Davenport’s story, was the first African-American to formally seek admission to the UGA law school. The year was 1950 and when he was denied, Ward filed a lawsuit contending racial discrimination.

Although he was only in grade school at the time, Davenport recalled thinking that Ward had been treated unfairly. He told his parents that if UGA “didn’t let him [Ward] in by the time I was old enough to go to law school, I’d be the first.”

Ward earned his law degree from Northwestern, then returned to Georgia and worked on civil rights cases, including the one that resulted in UGA’s integration. He was appointed a U.S. District Court judge in 1979 and currently has senior judge status.

Davenport recalled that in his first class at the law school “no one sat within 10 seats of me.” After that, faculty used seating charts, which Davenport said signaled their stance on desegregation. Over time, Davenport found friends among some of his classmates and by his third year was involved in founding the Georgia Law Review.

Others followed in his footsteps. Robert Benham (JD ’70) was the second African-American graduate of the law school and became chief justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia. Sharon “Nyota” Tucker (JD ’74) was the first female African-American graduate and is now a faculty member in political science at Albany State University.

Davenport, now managing director of Georgetown Partners, a private merchant-banking firm in Bethesda, Md., said he attributes his success to his formative years in the law school. “I learned a lot from my classmates and I hope they learned from me . . . to deal with each other as human beings, to develop true and rewarding friendships, and to focus on similarities—not differences. If we could do it in ’63, it should be a piece of cake today.”

— Sharron Hannon

Enrollment jumps to 825; B.S. in social work is newest offering
Degree programs grow in Gwinnett

The number of students taking advantage of UGA degree programs offered at the Gwinnett University Center continues to grow, with 825 students enrolled in spring ’04 compared to 598 in ’03.

UGA now offers seven bachelor’s degree programs—as well as graduate degree programs and non-credit continuing education courses—at the center, which is located just off Highway 316 at Collins Hill Road.

“We’re excited about the growth of UGA degree programs that meet the needs of the Gwinnett community,” says Bob Boehmer, UGA’s senior administrator in Gwinnett. “We offer high-quality programs at a convenient location with flexible schedules to fit the needs of working adults.”

Bachelor’s degree programs are open to transfer students with at least 60 credit hours or those seeking a second degree.
The new East Campus Village

The library at the Gwinnett University Center, which is located between Athens and Atlanta just off Highway 316 at Collins Hill Road.

Many students complete their first two years of study at Georgia Perimeter College, another academic partner at the Gwinnett University Center. Among the UGA programs available in Gwinnett is a Bachelor of Business Administration offered by the Terry College of Business, which graduated its first Gwinnett students last December. A second group earned their degrees this spring.

Other programs include two bachelor’s degrees in Interdisciplinary Studies offered by the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and three Bachelor of Science in Education degrees offered by UGA’s College of Education. The newest Gwin-nett program is a Bachelor of Social Work, first offered this spring.

UGA has been providing graduate degree programs and continuing education in Gwinnett since the mid-80s. The College of Education has offered programs in fields ranging from early childhood education to occupational studies. Master’s degree programs also are offered in business administration, social work, public administration, and food science and technology.

Starting in fall 2004, UGA’s College of Pharmacy—in conjunction with the University System’s Intellectual Capital Partnership Program—will offer a graduate-level certificate program to train regulatory affairs professionals in the biosciences industry.

The standards for admission to UGA’s degree programs at the Gwinnett University Center are on par with the standards at the main campus in Athens. Transfer students must have at least a 2.5 grade point average and also meet the entrance requirements of the program they choose.

For more information, call 678-407-5364 (undergraduate inquiries) or 678-407-5302 (graduate) or go to

— Sharron Hannon

Gift from Bob and Maxine Burton saves, refurbishes Tybee Island camp
4-H Center named

One of the great childhood joys for Bob and Maxine Hubbard Burton of Athens was the fun and friendships of participating in the 4-H program and attending 4-H summer camps.

Maxine (BSEd ’72, MEd ’78) attended camp at Rock Eagle, Wahsega and Tybee Island. Bob (BSA ’71) attended camp at Rock Eagle and was a counselor at Tybee Island.

So it’s not surprising that when Bob and Maxine learned that the 57-year-old Tybee Island camp had fallen into such serious disrepair it might be closed, they immediately offered to help with a donation to the Georgia 4-H Foundation. Their gift, along with smaller contributions, helped pay for urgent repairs and renovations on the camp’s buildings, and also funded improvements for the camp’s environmental education program.

In appreciation, UGA—which operates the 4-H program through its College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences—has named the camp the Burton 4-H Center on Tybee Island.

The Burtons own Flowers Inc. Balloons in Athens, the largest supplier of balloons and related items in the country. The Tybee Island facility, opened in 1947, is one of five 4-H centers in the state. It operates year-round and can accommodate about 145 young people at one time.

— Larry Dendy (ABJ ’65)

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