It’s official — Don Leebern Jr. is no longer a member of the Board of Regents.
Leebern, a Columbus liquor magnate and wealthy benefactor, was the board’s second-longest-serving member in state history, and he’s been involved in every major decision involving the college system — particularly those involving his alma mater, the University of Georgia. He was first appointed to the board in 1991.
He also played a central part in the legendary feuds in the early 2000s over finances at UGA, siding with then-UGA president Michael Adams over Vince Dooley, who at the time was the school’s long-serving athletics director.
I’m guessing he won’t be in attendance at the season opener when the field is dedicated to Coach Dooley. Funny how things play out sometimes.