Council on Competitiveness appoints UGA president to co-chair new University Leadership Forum

The Council on Competitiveness, an organization of corporate and academic leaders representing major sectors of the U.S. economy, has appointed University of Georgia President Jere W. Morehead to co-chair its new University Leadership Forum to optimize the role of higher education in the emerging innovation landscape.

The forum, which was officially launched in Washington, D.C., on June 18, will enable leaders from the nation’s top academic institutions to join forces with private sector leaders to understand the evolving innovation landscape, while also helping to shape federal and state policy recommendations to encourage greater competitiveness and build the workforce of the future.

As part of its initial work plan, the forum will address challenges and opportunities in three broad areas:

  • innovation to help solve the world’s grand challenges;
  • university-industry-government partnerships; and
  • the fusion of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and liberal arts disciplines.

Michael R. Lovell, president of Marquette University, is co-chairing the forum with President Morehead.