Behind the Hedges
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Behind the Hedges

Big Money and Power Politics at the University of Georgia

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Pages: 288

Trim size: 6.000in x 9.000in



Pub Date: 08/01/2011

ISBN: 9-781-6030-6145-2

List Price: $24.95


Pub Date: 08/01/2011

ISBN: 9-781-6030-6096-7

List Price: $24.95


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Behind the Hedges

Big Money and Power Politics at the University of Georgia

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In Behind the Hedges, journalist Rich Whitt focused his investigative lens on recent events at the University of Georgia, and in so doing examined the bigger story of "a sea change in how America supports its institutions of higher education." Through interviews with many key figures in a struggle for power at UGA over the last decade, Rich examines the controversial tenure of Michael Adams as UGA president, and how this controversy led to the unprecedented split between the Board of Regents and the UGA Foundation, with implications for the landscape of higher education funding nationwide.
In Behind the Hedges, the late Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Rich Whitt shines much-needed light into the dark corners of a controversy that was too easily misunderstood from a distance. Imperial presidencies are never attractive and rarely successful over the long haul. Preoccupation with power, perks, and petty politics weakens the glue of trust necessary to bind highly educated, independent-minded scholars together with others in the common cause of excellence. And, if a university is lucky enough to have a Vince Dooley or a Mike Krzyzewski running athletics, there need be no trade-off between academic and athletic excellence. There is enough glory in Old Georgia for all.

—Rich Whitt, BBA and PhD, University of Georgia; former president, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas; former chancellor, Texas A&M University System

Have you ever actually read a forensic report? If not (or even if you have), buy a copy of Behind the Hedges: Big Money and Power Politics at the University of Georgia by Rich Whitt and enjoy. [A] riveting work of non-fiction. Whitt provides an insider’s view of events. Whitt’s access to key individuals and painstaking documentation of his sources remove the gossip and hearsay from the scandals that rocked UGA at the beginning of the decade. Read the book for the details and the political analysis. Then, answer for yourself, 'What happened at UGA?'

—Business in Savannah

The late Pulitzer Prize-winning author Rich Whitt takes readers into the behind-the-scenes power struggle at the [Georgia’s] flagship university ... Readers will pore through pages upon pages of documents, many obtained through Open Records requests, as Whitt makes a case for a culture of shady dealings emanating from Athens ... UGA graduates will find some of the revelations disheartening and surprising.

—Dalton Magazine

This authoritative tale of colorful characters thrashing about in a tangled web of compromised moral principles should be required reading for everyone in higher education. Behind the Hedges is a clear demonstration that within our universities, the highest ethical precepts should be the foundation of both good politics and effective leadership.

—Sheldon Hackney, historian; former provost, Princeton University; former president, the University of Pennsylvania and Tulane University; former chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities

Behind the Hedges is a riveting tale of self-interested bureaucrats, politicians, and power-brokers and how they will do most anything to preserve their power and influence.

—Karl Jones

About the Author/Editor

A native of Eastern Kentucky, RICH WHITT (1945-2009) was a reporter for more than thirty years, during which time he won numerous awards including the Pulitzer Prize for local reporting while reporting for The Courier-Journal in Louisville. Whitt attended the University of Kentucky and was inducted into the school’s Journalism Hall of Fame in 1995. He lived in Georgia since 1989 and reported on state and local government for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution before retiring in 2007.