Notes from the President

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2018 January 29

At the start of each semester, I typically send a campus message welcoming everyone back and updating our community on the latest developments. This semester, due to two and a half days of cancelled classes, and a three-day shutdown of the federal government, I am a little late. However, this past week, we got the semester fully underway! This past week we held our semiannual senior leadership retreat, where we brought together 62 members of our leadership team and the co-chairs of the three Action Teams formed last fall. At the meeting, Mike Vallecoccia, program and portfolio manager in Georgia Tech’s Strategic Consulting office, gave an overview of the Path Forward Advisory Group, the faculty-staff-student advisory group that is providing counsel in responding to and prioritizing the Action Teams’ recommendations. The advisory group is currently working to cluster and prioritize the more than 180 recommendations submitted by the three Action Teams. After they finalize the groupings, they will propose a set of objectives and measurable outcomes, and engage leaders and sponsors from across campus.

2017 December 21

Combine Fall Commencement, final exams, and holiday season festivities, and the result is one of the most energized months of the year at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Commencement is one of the true highlights of the year, a time when we send off our newest graduates into an exciting new chapter in their lives.

2017 December 6

Members of our campus community have been working together diligently this fall to address some of the challenges brought to light by events earlier this semester. Last month, three Action Teams, each comprised of students, faculty, and staff, submitted detailed reports on Student Mental Health, Campus Culture, and LGBTQIA Community Support. As I mentioned during our follow-up meeting with the three groups, we are incredibly pleased with their work, and appreciate the insight and time investment from all of the team members. Upon receiving the reports, I asked Institute leaders serving in various areas of responsibility to look at ways to implement the more than 180 recommendations, and to take it a step further by exploring additional actions that would address some of the challenges identified by the teams, while building upon the ongoing progress. I am writing today to provide an end-of-semester update on some of the initiatives that will help to ensure that we continue to improve our campus environment.

2017 December 4

Steve Cross, executive vice president for research (EVPR), recently informed me that he intends to step down at the end of June 2018, at which time he will resume his research faculty position at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). In his 14 years at Georgia Tech, Steve has truly done an outstanding job in various senior leadership roles. Over the past seven years, he has served as Georgia Tech’s first EVPR, supporting research and thought leadership, enhancing the innovation ecosystem, and improving and sustaining the research support infrastructure at Georgia Tech.

2017 November 30

Greetings from Georgia Institute of Technology, where our students will soon be finishing up final exams and taking a well-deserved holiday break! In the spirit of the season, we invite you to take a quick virtual tour of the past year via the Institute's digital holiday card from a perch that few experience — inside the Ramblin' Wreck, Georgia Tech's beloved mechanical mascot.