Notes from the President

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2017 September 19

The events of the past few days have been incredibly difficult and challenging for the entire Georgia Tech community. Consistent with our traditions and values, it is especially important that during times like these we come together and support one another.  

2017 August 21

Yesterday (Aug. 20), we gathered with nearly 3,000 new students in McCamish Pavilion for our annual New Student Convocation, where I encouraged our freshmen and transfer students to take full advantage of all the resources and opportunities that Georgia Tech has to offer. In addition to the RAT Caps and a copy of the T-Book, this year at Convocation we issued Georgia Tech-branded glasses for viewing today’s (Aug. 21) solar eclipse, and we have numerous activities and “watch parties” planned at various locations around campus. As I thought about the eclipse, I couldn’t help but reflect on the similarities between these glasses and some of the recent events in the news, specifically the horrific events that occurred in Charlottesville last weekend. The people who would seek to impose hatred and violence on others in our society are blinded not by glasses, but rather by intolerance, ignorance, and a false sense of superiority that can also do permanent harm. While there will always be those who will try to use the university environment as a platform for their own agendas, we have seen this past week how our academic community and society can stand united in opposition to hatred and bigotry and its distorted view of what freedom means in our United States. At Georgia Tech, we remain steadfast in our commitment to fostering a safe, inclusive, and welcoming environment for the entire community, regardless of race, nationality, ethnicity, gender, beliefs, or perspectives. 

2017 June 21

Another Georgia Tour in the books! From our first day June 19 in Brunswick and "The Marshes of Glynn" in coastal Georgia, we've covered almost 1,000 miles to end up in the far reaches of west Georgia in Columbus. Along the way, we've met enthusiastic, supportive alumni groups, learned through visits to businesses with which Georgia Tech has collaborated, and enjoyed fruitful discussions with governmental and University System officials. We've stood aside massive cargo ships, ridden in an autonomous tractor, viewed Georgia-built "crop-duster" airplanes up close, and tasted some of the best honey you'll ever find. What a great four days!

2017 June 21

Three days down and one to go! Day 3 was another productive effort, featuring a meeting in Valdosta with Board of Regents member Rusty Griffin and a tour of a honey-producing operation called Nature Nate's to start the day. Then it was off to Thomasville about 40 miles away for another enthusiastic meeting with Georgia Tech alumni at lunchtime. In the afternoon, we met in Camilla with Georgia Rep. Jay Powell and toured Thrush Aircraft, one of the nation's leading manufacturers of crop-dusting aircraft.

2017 June 21

Day two of the 2017 Georgia Tour took us to the cities of Douglas, Tifton, and Valdosta. Events included a tour of Optima Chemical Group, the Heritage Station Museum, and a Lions Club meeting in Douglas. In Tifton, we visited the Georgia Peanut Commission where I was able to drive an autonomous tractor. We also visited the Georgia Chamber of Commerce's regional office, which opened last month. The day ended with an alumni meeting in Valdosta.