The University of Georgia As the flagship university of Jimmy Carter’s home state, the University of Georgia is proud to host this landmark retrospective on the Carter Presidency.
In January of 1785—two years after the Revolutionary War ended and four years before George Washington’s first inauguration—the Georgia legislature adopted the charter that created the University of Georgia as the nation’s first state-chartered university. The first class, held in 1801, marked the beginning of UGA’s educational leadership in Georgia that now spans 206 years. With some 33,600 students, more than 9,800 faculty and staff and a $1.4 billion annual budget, UGA is the oldest, largest and most comprehensive educational institution in Georgia and a driving force in the state’s dynamic economic growth.
UGA annually receives about $160 million in research income and spends more than $316 million, making UGA the nation’s leader in total spending for research and development among universities that have neither a medical nor engineering school. A UGA site is a potential location for the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility, and with its expertise in such areas as biomedicine, food safety and agriculture, the University is a central player in Georgia’s bid for the facility.
Equally strong in the sciences and humanities, UGA boasts nationally ranked programs in genetics, evolutionary biology, microbiology, education, journalism, public administration and landscape architecture. Many faculty members enjoy international reputations for scholarship and professional service. Among notable faculty are three geneticists who are members of the National Academy of Sciences, a world leader in stem cell research, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and a founder of
the famed Canadian Brass.
In the past 11 years UGA students have won 30 Goldwater Scholarships, four Rhodes Scholarships and three Marshall Scholarships among many top national academic honors. UGA ranks ninth among the top 20 research universities in the country in the number of students studying abroad. UGA ranks 22nd in the country, and third in the South, in total number of doctoral degrees awarded annually, and ranks 13th in total number of doctorates awarded to African Americans.
The coveted Peabody Broadcasting Awards, which honor excellence in television, radio and cable news, entertainment and children’s programming, are administered by UGA’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. The University annually presents the Delta Prize for Global Understanding to recognize individuals or groups whose initiatives promote peace and cooperation among nations. President and Mrs. Jimmy Carter and The Carter Center were awarded the Delta Prize in 1999. UGA is home of Georgia’s official State Botanical Garden, State Museum of Art, State Museum of Natural History and the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame.
School of Public and International Affairs
Founded in 2001, the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) is a vibrant community of students and faculty dedicated to advancing the public interest through scholarship, research and service.
Led by Dean Thomas P. Lauth, a nationally known scholar in public affairs, the school is comprised of three academic departments: International Affairs, Political Science, and Public Administration and Policy, and is home to more than 1,600 undergraduate students and 250 graduate students.
The School of Public and International Affairs recognizes leadership, responsible citizenship and service to others as hallmarks of a democratic society. Committed to excellence in teaching and research, the school’s faculty prepares students for careers in public service in Georgia, the nation and the world, and informs public policy decisions at all levels of government.
SPIA is proud to cohost the Carter Conference, commemorating the 30th anniversary of President Jimmy Carter’s inauguration. These days of serious reflection on the Carter presidency afford
a wonderful opportunity to learn important lessons about governance and policy for the 21st century.
Carl Vinson Institute of Government
The Carl Vinson Institute of Government (CVIOG) is honored to cohost The Carter Presidency: Lessons for the 21st Century. As a public service and outreach unit of the University of Georgia for more than 75 years, our chief objective is to help improve the understanding, administration and policymaking of governments and communities, particularly in Georgia. In carrying out this mission, CVIOG utilizes the information base of the University to provide an extensive program of instruction, technical assistance, research and policy analysis, and publications.
Responding with continuing education relevant to the job challenges of today’s leaders continues to be a top priority. The institute’s faculty and staff carry out more than 850 programs a year in which more than 25,000 individuals participate. Helping governments and communities anticipate their needs and improve their operations is another key element of CVIOG’s outreach program. Technical assistance is provided to a wide range of local and state government entities.
Objective, systematic research by CVIOG faculty equips officials with timely information to deal with increasingly complex issues. Publications bring that research to a wide audience, making it easily accessible.
Athens, GA 30602
This website was developed in January 2007 by the UGA Office of Public Affairs for a conference commemorating the 30th anniversary of Jimmy Carter’s presidency. Some links may not work and some information may be outdated. This website is maintained as a historical record of the event.