Sonny Perdue Selection as Chancellor of the University System of Georgia

Brian Patrick Bannon filed this request with the Board Of Regents Of The University System Of Georgia of Atlanta, GA.
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From: Brian Patrick Bannon

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Georgia Open Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

Emails, applications, interview transcripts and other documents related to the selection of Sonny Perdue as Chancellor of the University System of Georgia from Jan. 1, 2021 to March 1, 2022.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 3 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Brian Patrick Bannon

From: Board Of Regents Of The University System Of Georgia

Good morning,

Thank you for your request. In accordance with the Open Records Act, we will provide you with an update on your request within three business days.

Sincerely,

[University System of Georgia]
Office of Legal Affairs
270 Washington Street, SW
Atlanta, GA 30334
404-962-3255<tel:4049623255>
usg-legal@usg.edu<mailto:usg-legal@usg.edu>

From: Board Of Regents Of The University System Of Georgia

Good morning,

As a general matter, we cannot make determinations as to records that are "related to" a particular topic. This phrase requires our office to make judgments and interpret your request. If you would like for us to perform searches for particular terms or phrases, we would be happy to do so. In addition, under the Georgia Open Records Act, specifically O.C.G.A. § 50-18-71(g), requests to inspect or copy electronic messages "should contain information about the messages that is reasonably calculated to allow the recipient of the request to locate the messages sought, including, if known, the name, title, or office of the specific person or persons whose electronic messages are sought and, to the extent possible, the specific data bases to be searched for such messages." Please provide this additional information for us to be able to perform a search for electronic communications.
Please let us know how you would like to proceed, and we will be happy to provide you with any publicly available documents that are responsive to your request.

Sincerely,

[University System of Georgia]
Office of Legal Affairs
270 Washington Street, SW
Atlanta, GA 30334
404-962-3255<tel:4049623255>
usg-legal@usg.edu<mailto:usg-legal@usg.edu>

From: Brian Patrick Bannon

Sonny Perdue’s application, interview transcripts, and supporting documents submitted as part of his selection as Chancellor of the University System of Georgia.

In addition, any correspondence from Jan. 1, 2021 through March 1, 2022 on the subject of Sonny Perdue as Chancellor candidate between the members of the Board of Regents:
Tom Bradbury
Richard “Tim” Evans
W. Allen Gudenrath
Erin Hames
Samuel D. Holmes
Bárbara Rivera Holmes
C. Thomas Hopkins
James M. Hull
Cade Joiner
C. Everett Kennedy
Lowery Houston May
Jose R. Perez
Neil L. Pruitt
Sarah-Elizabeth Langford Reed
Harold Reynolds
T. Dallas Smith
Jim Syfan
Don L. Waters

And previous Regents serving in 2021:
Rachel B. Little
Lowery Houston May
Sachin Shailendra
Kessel D. Stelling, Jr.
Philip A. Wilheit, Sr.

From: Board Of Regents Of The University System Of Georgia

Good morning,

Thank you for your request. In accordance with the Open Records Act, we will provide you with an update on your request within three business days.

Sincerely,

[University System of Georgia]
Office of Legal Affairs
270 Washington Street, SW
Atlanta, GA 30334
404-962-3255<tel:4049623255>
usg-legal@usg.edu<mailto:usg-legal@usg.edu>

From: Board Of Regents Of The University System Of Georgia

Thank you for providing this clarification. We have begun the search process and anticipate being able to provide you with an update on the number of responsive documents and estimates for the cost and timeline for production in 10 business days.

Sincerely,

[University System of Georgia]
Office of Legal Affairs
270 Washington Street, SW
Atlanta, GA 30334
404-962-3255<tel:4049623255>
usg-legal@usg.edu<mailto:usg-legal@usg.edu>

From: Board Of Regents Of The University System Of Georgia

Good afternoon,

We have not identified any records that are responsive to your request.

Sincerely,

[University System of Georgia]
Office of Legal Affairs
270 Washington Street, SW
Atlanta, GA 30334
404-962-3255<tel:4049623255>
usg-legal@usg.edu<mailto:usg-legal@usg.edu>

From: Brian Patrick Bannon

How could Sonny Perdue be named Chancellor without formally applying for the job?

From: Board Of Regents Of The University System Of Georgia

Good morning,

In reviewing your clarified request, we did not see the portion covering “Sonny Perdue’s application, interview transcripts, and supporting documents submitted as part of his selection as Chancellor of the University System of Georgia” and only searched for the inter-Regents communications portion. We apologize for the error. Attached please find the documents that are responsive to the first potion of your request.

Sincerely,

[University System of Georgia]
Office of Legal Affairs
270 Washington Street, SW
Atlanta, GA 30334
404-962-3255<tel:4049623255>
usg-legal@usg.edu<mailto:usg-legal@usg.edu>

From: Board Of Regents Of The University System Of Georgia

Good morning,

We have now also identified the attached email as responsive to the second part of your request.

Sincerely,

[University System of Georgia]
Office of Legal Affairs
270 Washington Street, SW
Atlanta, GA 30334
404-962-3255<tel:4049623255>
usg-legal@usg.edu<mailto:usg-legal@usg.edu>

From: Brian Patrick Bannon

I don't see an attached email.

Relatedly, this AJC story from last June based on its own Open Records Request included inter-Regents communications. Your initial response to mine said there were none.

Please explain the difference.

https://www.ajc.com/education/georgia-chancellor-search-process-slowed-by-confusion-split-over-perdue/WK3I2EHHJVFFRAZJ5LFD4MSNH4/

From: Board Of Regents Of The University System Of Georgia

Good morning,

The email is re-attached as a pdf, which will hopefully go through this time.

As to the inter-Regents communications you reference, we performed a search of Regents’ communications sent or received to or from any other current or former Regent from Jan. 1, 2021 through March 1, 2022 that include the term “Sonny Perdue” and the attached document was what was returned as responsive.

Sincerely,

[University System of Georgia]
Office of Legal Affairs
270 Washington Street, SW
Atlanta, GA 30334
404-962-3255<tel:4049623255>
usg-legal@usg.edu<mailto:usg-legal@usg.edu>

From: Brian Patrick Bannon

One question: the Statement of Interest is undated. When was it submitted by Gov. Perdue?

From: Board Of Regents Of The University System Of Georgia

Good morning,

We completed the search you requested and provided all responsive documents on March 30, 2022. If you have further questions (as opposed to records requests), you may direct those to communications@usg.edu<mailto:communications@usg.edu>.

Sincerely,

[University System of Georgia]
Office of Legal Affairs
270 Washington Street, SW
Atlanta, GA 30334
404-962-3255<tel:4049623255>
usg-legal@usg.edu<mailto:usg-legal@usg.edu>

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