Margaret A. “Meg” Amstutz

Meg AmstutzAssociate Provost for Academic Programs and Chief of Staff

204 Administration Building
Athens, Ga. 30602-1685
(706) 542-0415

Dr. Margaret A. “Meg” Amstutz serves as Associate Provost for Academic Programs and Chief of Staff in the Provost’s Office. She is a key advisor on administrative and academic affairs, leads campus-wide initiatives of the Provost’s Office, and works closely with campus and external stakeholders. She oversees the Office of Academic Programs, the Office of Accreditation and Institutional Effectiveness, and the Provost’s Office staff, who report through her to the Provost. The University’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa—the first PBK chapter in the state of Georgia—is housed in the Office of Academic Programs.

Serving as UGA’s Accreditation Liaison to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), Amstutz ensures that compliance with accreditation requirements is incorporated into the institution’s planning and evaluation processes. She also coordinates the selection process for major awards administered by the Provost’s Office, including the Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professorships, the Richard B. Russell Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, and other faculty recognition awards. She oversees leadership programs for faculty, including the Women’s Leadership Fellows Program and the SEC Academic Leadership Development Program. She coordinates the University’s Signature Lectures, including the Charter Lecture series; co-chairs the UGA Commencement Committee; chairs the Honorary Degree Committee; and serves on the Editorial Board of the University of Georgia Press. She also chairs the working group for UGA’s Comprehensive Administrative Review, an initiative of the University System of Georgia.

From July 2017 to July 2018, Amstutz served as interim President of the College of Coastal Georgia, a state college in the University System of Georgia. The College of Coastal Georgia’s mission is to provide an affordable and accessible quality education for residents of Georgia and beyond, focusing on student progression and timely graduation. During the year, she emphasized enrollment growth and faculty development to ready the campus for its next president. Under her leadership, the college saw enrollment growth of 3.8 percent in Fall 2017, 2.0 percent in Spring 2018, and 8.4 percent in Summer 2018. 

Amstutz’s work in the University of System of Georgia began in 1997 with 16 years of service in the Office of the President at UGA. Her initial ten years as Assistant to the President were followed by six years as Chief of Staff.

A member of Leadership Georgia and LEAD Athens, she has served as an advisor to UGA’s chapter of Blue Key Honor Society. Prior to arriving in Athens, she worked with the Missouri Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  

Amstutz holds an academic appointment at UGA as adjunct assistant professor of English. She received her bachelor’s degree in English from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky and holds master’s and doctoral degrees in English and American literature from Washington University in St. Louis.