Top UGA economic leader switches to Ga. Tech

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ATLANTA -- Less than a year after the University of Georgia said it is placing more emphasis on economic development, the school's top economic administrator has left for Georgia Tech.

Margaret Wagner Dahl, UGA's associate vice president for economic development, left at the end of January to become associate vice president for health information technology at the Atlanta-based university.

UGA said in April 2013 it would open a new office in Atlanta to boost ties with the business sector and the Georgia Department of Economic Development. The school said the Atlanta office would also make UGA's research, public service and outreach resources more accessible for communities, development authorities and Chambers of Commerce.

The school said then that Dahl, who was then associate provost for economic development and director of the Georgia BioBusiness Center, would become associate vice president for economic development on July 1. The associate provost position would be eliminated, UGA said, but added that Dahl would remain director of the GBBC.

UGA must also replace William Gray Potter, UGA's university librarian and associate provost. Potter has announced that he will retire Aug. 31 after 25 years at UGA.

Potter oversees four UGA libraries, the UGA Press and the UGA Review, and in recetn years was a driving force behind fundraising and construction of UGA's Richard B. Russell Building, which houses UGA's Hargrett Rare Books and Manuscript Library and other special collections.

(Atlanta Business Chronicle)

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