Retiring Sen. Hooks Appointed to Board of Regents

hooksATLANTA (January 4, 2013) – Retiring State Senator George Hooks (D-Americus) has been appointed to the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia by Governor Nathan Deal.

“I am honored by this appointment by Governor Deal,” said Sen. Hooks. “I am committed to giving my full support and experience to continue to build the University System of Georgia to be the finest higher education group of colleges and universities in the nation.”

Sen. Hooks, current Dean of the Senate, is one of the Upper Chamber’s most respected and influential members. Long recognized for his legislative skills, Hooks was the chief designer of Georgia’s current state flag, and passed it into law by a single vote in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, thus ending decades of controversy and political fighting for the state.

“George Hooks has given countless years of service to the state as an accomplished leader in the state Legislature, with tenures in both the House and Senate,” said Gov. Deal. “In that time, he’s also taken a great interest in improving educational outcomes for his constituents in southwest Georgia. I know he’ll do a great job on the Board of Regents, and this is an appropriate way to carry on his distinguished service for our state.”

The mission of the University System of Georgia is to contribute to the educational, cultural, economic, and social advancement of Georgia by providing excellent undergraduate general education and first-rate programs leading to associate, baccalaureate, masters, professional, and doctorate degrees; by pursuing leading-edge basic and applied research, scholarly inquiry, and creative endeavors; and by bringing these intellectual resources, and those of the public libraries, to bear on the economic development of the State and the continuing education of its citizens.

For Immediate Release:
January 4, 2013

For Information Contact:
Jennifer Yarber, Deputy Director
Adam Sweat, Communications Specialist