Dual Reporting Structure for Institute for Artificial Intelligence

The Institute for Artificial Intelligence (IAI) at UGA will adopt a new dual reporting structure starting July 1, 2024, to enhance its academic programs and research collaborations. This change results from extensive efforts by a faculty working group and has been approved by the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, and the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.

Key Points:

  1. New Structure and Support:
    • Franklin College will continue to oversee and support IAI’s academic programs.
    • The Provost’s Office will oversee IAI’s research, interdisciplinary collaboration, engagement, and outreach.
    • The administrative home of IAI remains in Franklin College.
  2. Leadership Changes:
    • A new executive director position for IAI will be created and funded by both the Provost’s Office and Franklin College.
    • A national search for the executive director will begin in the fall.
    • Dr. Khaled Rasheed is appointed as the interim executive director effective July 1, 2024.
  3. Future Appointments:
    • An associate director for research position will be created and recruited internally, targeted for fiscal 2026.
    • An interim associate director for research will be appointed internally, starting July 1, 2024, with nominations forthcoming.


  • The new framework aims to promote innovation, expand AI applications in teaching, research, and outreach, and elevate UGA’s leadership in AI.


  • Appreciation for the faculty’s efforts and leadership in developing this initiative.

This reorganization is intended to strengthen UGA’s AI initiatives and position the university as a leader in this field.