Notes from the President

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2019 August 28

As I prepare to step down as president, I wanted to reach out to thank each of you for all you do to help make Georgia Tech the wonderful institution that it is. Serving as the president of Georgia Tech for the past 10½ years has been one of the highlights of my career. When Val and I first arrived on campus, we were struck by how proud people were to be here at Georgia Tech. Our first impression was that this is a special place — we just didn’t realize, at the time, how special.

2019 May 23

On Nov. 11, 1921, America paused to acknowledge the contribution of one of its heroes. Along with thousands of citizens, President Warren G. Harding, former President Woodrow Wilson, Supreme Court justices, congressional leaders, and international diplomats assembled at Arlington Cemetery in Washington D.C. to memorialize a fellow American and World War I casualty whose name, origin, and personal history were — and remain — unknown.

2019 January 24

The Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots will battle for NFL supremacy Feb. 3 in Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, just a stone’s throw from the Georgia Institute of Technology campus. But among the many companion events to the big game will be the NFL’s fourth annual “1st and Future” competition, which has the potential long after the 2019 Super Bowl cheers have subsided to be life-changing for athletes ranging from professionals to youth participants. On Feb. 2, Georgia Tech will host this year’s “1st and Future” at the Ferst Center for the Arts on the Tech campus.

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.