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After the Cheering Stops, Building a Safer Future for Athletes

The Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots will battle for NFL supremacy Feb. 3 in Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, just a stone’s throw from the Georgia Institute of Technology campus. But among the many companion events to the big game will be the NFL’s fourth annual “1st and Future” competition, which has the potential long after the 2019 Super Bowl cheers have subsided to be life-changing for athletes ranging from professionals to youth participants. On Feb. 2, Georgia Tech will host this year’s “1st and Future” at the Ferst Center for the Arts on the Tech campus.

Looking Ahead: Plans for the Future

I have indicated to Chancellor Steve Wrigley my desire to step down as president of Georgia Tech this coming summer.

While we have not identified a specific date, I anticipate that in the coming weeks, he will establish a search committee and that I will continue to serve as president until the new president has been identified and is able to begin his/her tenure.

The opportunity to serve as president of Georgia Tech for the past 10 years has been one of the highlights of my career and it is my hope and expectation that upon completion of my duties as president, I will be able to return to the faculty and resume my teaching and research at Georgia Tech. Georgia Tech is a great institution and great institutions are built on great people, great faculty, great staff and great students. 

Val and I look forward to continuing to work with you through the upcoming transition period to ensure that Georgia Tech can continue its pursuit of excellence, a pursuit that has helped to make Georgia Tech one of the finest institutions of higher education in the country. 

Learn more about the national search process for Georgia Tech’s 12th president. 

Review a full position description, the search committee roster, and other pertinent information.

Increasing Access, Reducing Costs, and Meeting Future Workforce Needs

The Georgia Institute of Technology has long been known as a leader in education and innovative solutions to a multitude of challenges. Through the focused efforts of more than 50 faculty, staff, and students over the past two years, the Commission on Creating the Next in Education has identified a series of recommendations and actions that will place Georgia Tech at the forefront of innovative educational institutions. The Commission, launched by Provost Rafael Bras, has conducted extensive research and explored innovative approaches to higher education that address the changing needs of learners and educators alike, including ways to improve effectiveness, increase access, reduce costs, and meet the needs of workforce development today and well into the future. The results of this effort are now available in the report entitled “Deliberate Innovation, Lifetime Education.” 

Commitment to Ethics

Georgia Tech is entrusted by students, parents, taxpayers, sponsors, alumni, donors, and friends with resources and with the responsibility to fulfill our mission of education, research, public service, and economic development. This trust and responsibility require a commitment to ethical standards to assure others that our activities are executed in the best interest of those who support us and of those we serve. 

Commitment to Diversity

“We will recruit, develop, retain, and engage a diverse cadre of students, faculty, and staff with a wide variety of backgrounds, perspectives, interests, and talents, creating a campus community that exemplifies the best in all of us—in our intellectual pursuits, our diversity of thought, our personal integrity, and our inclusive excellence.” 
—Georgia Tech Strategic Plan