Debate grows over Sonny Perdue as possible Georgia system chancellor

Could the former governor and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture rise to the top of the state's flagship university?

For many, the idea of former two-term Gov. Sonny Perdue becoming the chancellor of the University System of Georgia comes down to one question. Should someone without higher educational administrative experience lead a system of 26 colleges and universities?

The state’s 19-member Board of Regents are hearing arguments on both sides as they prepare to interview Perdue for the job, possibly on Friday.

There are several prominent examples of elected officials being named to the top of institutions, including Mitch Daniels at Purdue, Donna Shalala at the University of Miami and Janet Napolitano at the University of California.

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Chris Burt
Chris Burt
Chris is a reporter and associate editor for University Business and District Administration magazines, covering the entirety of higher education and K-12 schools. Prior to coming to LRP, Chris had a distinguished career as a multifaceted editor, designer and reporter for some of the top newspapers and media outlets in the country, including the Palm Beach Post, Sun-Sentinel, Albany Times-Union and The Boston Globe. He is a graduate of Northeastern University.

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