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For more than a decade, the Institute of Higher Education's doctoral programs have been ranked in the top ten nationally by U.S. News & World Report.

Gifts to the Institute are used to support our students and to enhance the research, educational, and outreach missions.
We thank you for your interest in supporting excellence at IHE.


For more details about giving options,
contact Suzanne Graham

How to Give

Annual Giving- Contribute any amount annually to one of our existing funds. These donations may be one-time gifts or 12-month recurring monthly installments.

Estate Gifts- Include IHE in your estate planning.

Major Gifts- Individual or combined gifts of $25,000 or more can create new funding opportunities for students through scholarships or fellowships or for faculty through an endowed chair


Thomas G. Dyer Academic Support Fund

Supports the academic mission of the Institute, including the Outstanding Dissertation Research Award, visiting scholars, and student programs and activities.

Established to honor Professor Dyer on the occasion of his retirement from the University of Georgia on December 1, 2006, following over three decades of distinguished faculty and administrative leadership. Dr. Dyer was university professor, professor of higher education and history, and director of the Institute of Higher Education.

His death in 2013 was an enormous loss not only for IHE, but also for the UGA community as a whole. Professor Dyer increased the stature and productivity of the Institute of Higher Education and was instrumental in supporting university-level initiatives that focused on academic excellence in the three missions of the land-grant university.


Libby V. Morris Academic Support Fund

Through the Leadership Award directly assists students who show potential for leadership in colleges and universities and to foster commitment to the land-grant missions of instruction, research, and public service.

Libby V. Morris is the Zell Miller Distinguished Professor of Higher Education and director of the Institute. Dr. Morris’ career is marked by her commitment to graduate education and outreach. She has directed more than 30 dissertations, and in 2005 she was invited to join the UGA Teaching Academy. 

She launched the Georgia College Advising Corps in 2010. For over 15 years, she served as the editor of Innovative Higher Education. Dr. Morris’ career shows an unwavering commitment to the instruction, research, and public service missions of the Institute of Higher Education and the University of Georgia.


Zell and Shirley Miller Fellowship

Recognizes and supports the scholarly potential and professional development of a doctoral candidate. Fellows are named in appreciation of his/her academic record professional achievement.





J. Douglas Toma Academic Support Fund

Develops emerging scholars in our field and fosters national and international collaborations. Supports the Excellence in Scholarship and Service Award.

During Professor Toma's tenure at the Institute, he tirelessly worked with both graduate and undergraduate students organizing cultural and academic programs, challenging and mentoring students from diverse backgrounds, and leading groups on study abroad courses with the aim of expanding their worlds and understanding of other cultures.


Institute of Higher Education Fund

Assists in the continued development of the Institute of Higher Education as a leading unit of instruction, research, and public service. Donations assist with building collaborations and cooperative activities across the state and nation.




Georgia College Advising Corps (GCAC)

Selects talented recent college graduates to serve as "near-peer" college advisers in selected high schools throughout Georgia. Donations to the GCAC program will be used to provide training for additional advisers and/or pay their salaries.


Louise McBee Professorship

Awarded to an internationally distinguished scholar who directs and supervises advanced doctoral students, conducts research, and advances the multi-disciplinary character of the Institute.

Recognizes Dr McBee's quarter-century of distinguished service that Dr. McBee rendered to the University of Georgia as faculty member and administrator and in recognition of her continuing public service to the state of Georgia as a member of the Georgia General Assembly.





Zell Miller Distinguished Professorship

Held by a scholar of national eminence, who teaches courses, directs and supervises advanced doctoral students, conducts research, and engages in public service and outreach. Emphasizes the economic role of higher education in public policy, stressing the role of postsecondary education in state, regional, and national economic development.

Zell B. Miller served Georgia with distinction as lieutenant governor, governor, and United States senator as well as in other governmental capacities. He achieved national eminence as one of the strongest pro-education governors in the history of the United States. His governorship was marked by keen attention to higher education and to the relationships between higher education and economic development.