Notes from the President

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2019 January 7

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.   

2018 December 4

Losing a student is, by far, the most heart-wrenching occurrence I have experienced in my 40-plus years in higher education administration. As the father of four, including two Georgia Tech graduates, I feel this pain on an even more personal level. No family is immune to the challenges that life brings. I share with you the agony that so many in our community feel. In reality, we are like a family, our Georgia Tech family – and families watch out for and take care of each other.

2018 November 2

Along with our 25 University System of Georgia (USG) sister institutions, Georgia Tech will proudly participate Nov. 11-17 in USG Ethics Awareness Week. The week’s purpose is to remind the entire campus community of our commitment to an ethical culture and our shared ethical values and expectations. We will join with USG Chancellor Steve Wrigley to emphasize the importance of an ethical culture and how it is critical to the success of not only our institutions, but our employees, students, and communities, and ultimately how Georgia is educated.

2018 September 19

Last October, the University System of Georgia (USG) initiated the Comprehensive Administrative Review (CAR) for all its 26 campuses. Georgia Tech was included in the first round of institutions. This examination of the administrative practices, policies, and processes of every institution in the USG is a top priority for the System and Georgia Tech. Between November 2017 and February 2018, more than 3,500 Georgia Tech employees provided input to the CAR through surveys, interviews, and focus groups.

2018 August 20

As we begin the start of a new academic year, I want to extend a warm welcome to our new students and to welcome our returning students back to campus. The start of a new academic year is a great time to become reacquainted with familiar faces of friends and faculty, and begin to make new acquaintances. Our Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) chapter, the national leadership honor society, has invited faculty, students, and staff to gather on Tech Green anytime between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Aug. 20 to wear a nametag and meet some of your fellow students, faculty, and staff on this first day of classes. There will be a number of special events throughout the day, and it’s a good way to meet some new people and make everyone feel welcome.