SECU Academic Initiative
The University of Georgia and the 13 other Southeastern Conference institutions are part of the SECU Academic Initiative, which supports and promotes collaborative higher education programs and activities involving administrators, faculty and students. UGA's Loch Johnson was named the inaugural SEC Professor of the Year in 2012, and UGA hosted the inaugural SEC Symposium in February 2013. The associate provost for academic programs serves as a liaison to the SECU.
The goal of the SEC Symposium is to address a significant scholarly issue by utilizing the range of disciplinary strengths of all 14 SEC universities to expand opportunities for collaboration among faculty and administrators. Typically held in Atlanta, Georgia, this academic event is also intended to display the research and innovation of SEC institutions for a national audience of academicians, government officials and other stakeholders.
The 2015 SEC Symposium: Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Creativity in Shaping the 21st Century Economy will be hosted by the University of Florida.
The 2016 SEC Symposium: Water for Sustainable Ecosystems, Economics, and Communities will be hosted by Mississippi State.