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:
- Research awards nearly doubled, from $445 million to $851 million.
- Tech became the first institution in a decade invited to join the elite Association of American Universities.
- Peterson developed a relationship resulting in a $375 million, 750,000 square-foot building called Coda that will contain high-performance computing, startups and other businesses when it opens this spring.
- The number of women in first-year classes increased from 32 percent to 40 percent.
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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