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President Peterson and First Lady Val Peterson stand with the 2017 Inventure Prize finalists and winners.

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Reflections on Memorial Day

Americans are busy people, and that doesn’t change on Memorial Day. We shop, we socialize, we cook out with friends and family, and some of us try to find some time to just catch up on things left undone during the regular week. As a whole, Americans are forward-looking people, so on most days it is not our natural inclination to look back. Memorial Day is different or, at least, it should be.

President's Spring Update 2017

At Georgia Tech, we’re creating life-changing applications through our research, providing policy leadership, preparing leaders and innovators, and exploring new roles and methodologies in education. We are creating “the next” by leading the way in STEM education for learners ranging in age from 6 to 70, knowing that lifelong learning is the way of the future. We are making an economic impact through our research and by creating innovation neighborhoods and providing professional resources for startups, Fortune 500 companies, and everything in between. 


President Peterson Hosts Spring Conversation Series with Campus Leaders 

This spring President G.P. "Bud" Peterson hosted a series of town hall-style events called “Conversations with Senior Leadership,” featuring members of Georgia Tech’s executive leadership team and other campus leaders. The series covered topics including the educational landscape and issues facing Georgia Tech, opportunities and funding priorities under President Donald Trump, and institutional plans for building a resilient campus. Summaries of each event are included below.


G.P. "Bud" Peterson's Statements on Recent Executive Orders

(On March 6 President Donald Trump signed an executive order that imposes a 90-day ban on new visas from six countries, along with other measures. It has the potential to affect students, faculty, and staff at universities throughout the U.S., including here in Georgia.)

March 6, 2017 - As with the last executive order (Jan. 27), we are working to assess how it might impact the Georgia Tech community. We are a global university, attracting some of the world’s best scholars, researchers, and teachers. As we recognize the valuable contributions our international students, faculty, and staff make to the success of our institution, we also value you as individuals. I have heard from many of you over the last several weeks and recognize that you may have questions and/or concerns. I want to reassure you that the Office of International Education, the Vice Provost for International Initiatives, Human Resources, our Office of Government and Community Relations, along with the University System of Georgia and others, are closely monitoring this and related changes in an effort to keep you apprised and answer your questions. We will continue our robust coordination efforts and provide appropriate resources and information to support the faculty, staff, and students who may be impacted. 



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