To understand the strategic priorities of Georgia Tech, we invite you to review some of Dr. Peterson's key speeches and select public appearances. These and other presidential documents are housed in our institutional repository, SMARTech.
When I speak to the graduates, I often tell them a story that the late Gov. Zell Miller used to tell. It was about a turtle. He said that if you are walking down a country road and you see a turtle on a fence post, you can be pretty sure that it did not get there by itself. You are not a turtle on a fence post, but you should remember to thank all of the friends, fellow Scouts, and family members who were part of your journey to this great day of recognition. They share your pride at having reached this pinnacle of Scouting.
Thank you. When I received my degrees from Kansas State more than 40 years ago, I never dreamed that one day I would be back to speak at Commencement and receive an honorary doctorate. It is a privilege to come back home and be recognized by this outstanding institution, and I am especially honored to join you on this special day in your lives.
On Sept. 6, Georgia Tech President G. P. “Bud” Peterson gave opening remarks at the Institute’s Ninth Annual Diversity Symposium.
The partnership between America’s research universities, the federal government, DARPA, the Department of Defense, and associated entities such as the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and others has greatly improved our national health, reinforced our national security, and generated untold job growth. Our economy depends on our ability to create the technologies, cures, and jobs of the future. Through our shared commitment and support, our nation’s research agencies can continue to sustain the promise of America's leadership in scientific, technological, and economic advancement.
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.