GREENSBORO, Ga. — Greetings from the Ritz-Carlton Lodge on Lake Oconee, my home away from home.
That’s a joke. The only time I ever get to enjoy this posh resort an hour south of Athens is every other year when the University of Georgia Athletic Association board of directors holds its end-of-year meeting here. That’s happening over the next two days.
There was a meeting of the executive committee Thursday morning, followed by a meeting of the full board until lunch. The group will adjourn for golf and personal time on the expansive resort, which includes a full spa and golf course, then reconvene Friday morning to conduct more business.
Among the items expected to be discussed at the meeting:
- The approval of a record $143 million budget;
- An update on several construction projects, including the $63 million west end zone addition at Sanford Stadium and the new men’s and women’s golf headquarters;
- An update on fundraising to pay for recent projects, including the $30 million indoor athletic facility, thought to be in the range of $90 million;
- A proposal to build a new six-court, $18 million indoor tennis facility in the South Campus area where the current Lindsey Hopkins four-court facility exists;
- Election and reappointment of board members and proposal to amend board bylaws;
- A new student-ticket distribution plan;
- An academic report, which will include details about UGA’s recent recognition by the NCAA for scoring in the top 10 percent of all teams across the country in each sport.
As always, there likely will be some unexpected developments. We’ll be here to provide updates the next two days.