Notes from the President

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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. 

2017 June 20

On Monday, June 19, we embarked on our ninth Georgia Tour. This year, we headed for south Georgia, where we’ll get to visit alumni, friends, and supporters in Brunswick, Jekyll Island, St. Simons Island, Waycross, Douglas, Tifton, Valdosta, Thomasville, Camilla, Albany, Americus, and Columbus. Several of those are “repeat” locations where we are returning to cities we’ve visited on previous Georgia Tours, so it will be enjoyable to reconnect with familiar friends and supporters. By the time we’re done, we will have visited 44 counties, 12 cities, and had 25 meetings or events. This year, we will cover more than 970 miles — the most ever since we began the Tour. All totaled, our previous tours (2009-16) have covered more than 5,600 miles, with stops in more than 50 cities and nearly every one of Georgia’s 159 counties.

2017 May 24

Americans are busy people, and that doesn’t change on Memorial Day. We shop, we socialize, we cook out with friends and family, and some of us try to find some time to just catch up on things left undone during the regular week. As a whole, Americans are forward-looking people, so on most days it is not our natural inclination to look back. Memorial Day is different or, at least, it should be.