A bequest from the estate of O.C. Aderhold, PHD, former president of the University of Georgia, established the Omer Clyde and Elizabeth Parr Aderhold Professorship in Research Methodology, named for Dr. Aderhold and his wife of 43 years. It was intended that the professorship be awarded to a full professor with an outstanding national reputation; that said professor be engaged in teaching, research, public service, or a combination of those duties; and that the funds be used to enhance the effectiveness of the professorship beyond those ordinarily provided by the university.
O.C. Aderhold (BS 1923) spent decades in service to UGA, beginning as an associate professor of rural education in 1929, before being named dean of the College of Education in 1946, and rising to become president of the university in 1950. In his 17 years as president, he saw enrollment more than triple in size. He also presided over the desegregation of UGA.