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?
By: | February 10, 2022

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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