After serving as the president of the Georgia Institute of Technology for the last 10 years, Bud Peterson says he plans to retire this summer.
As reported in the Athens Banner-Herald, the University System of Georgia said in a recent statement that it will organize a national search for G.P. “Bud” Peterson’s replacement.
Georgia Tech in Atlanta not only managed to grow in reputation during Peterson’s tenure, but its enrollment grew even more.
Tech ranks as the 18th-best engineering school in the world, and the fifth-best in the country by U.S. News and World Report.
Since becoming Tech president in 2009, Peterson has seen the school grow by 69 percent, mostly in graduate students. As of this fall, enrollment at Tech was 32,723 students, nearly half of them graduate students. In fall 2009, Tech’s enrollment was 20,293, according to University System of Georgia statistics.
In the Monday announcement, the University System listed some of Peterson’s other accomplishments as follows:
University System Chancellor Steve Wrigley said Peterson’s contributions to Georgia Tech are “unmatched,” and that Georgia Tech has grown immensely under his leadership.
Wrigley also said Peterson’s focus on research led to an increase in total award funds, from $445 million to $851 million.
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