Laura Meadows, who began her career as an extension agent in McDuffie and Richmond counties, has been named interim director of the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia.
Meadows, who is the sister of Thomson's Dot Knox, has served as associate director of the institute's training division. She was named to the interim director's position July 8.
She has also served as associate vice president for economic development at UGA and as the commissioner of the state Department of Community Affairs and was a Georgia assistant secretary of state from 2003 until 2007.
"I am honored to serve the Vinson Institute as interim director and will look forward to continuing to help advance our work," Meadows said in an e-mail to The McDuffie Mirror. "Our mission revolves around assisting local and state government in improving the lives of citizens. We want to continue to assist governments in finding creative solutions to those complex issues they face every day."
Meadows said her jobs have seemed to build on one another and have given her a feel for how government operates at different levels.
"I get excited about going to work each day because I get to work with talented people who have a strong belief in the ability of government to do good things and it's just a joy to have a mission that supports that outcome," she said.
Meadows succeeds Dr. Jennifer Frum, who had served as interim director of the institute since early 2010. Frum was recently chosen UGA's interim vice president for public service and outreach.
"Laura exhibits great enthusiasm and dedication to serving governments at all levels and a deep understanding of the University of Georgia and the Vinson Institute's programs," Frum said.
The institute provides education, assistance, research, policy analysis and publications to assist public officials in Georgia and around the world, according to its Web site.
Carl Vinson represented Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1914 until 1965. He died in 1981 at age 97.