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Date: Thursday, April 25, 2013

Time: Membership Social at 7:30
Program at 8:00 p.m.

Location: Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm St. (behind the Visitor's Center) Directions and Map
Access: Open to the public and free for members, students and accompanying family members, educators and active military and their dependents. $10.00 charge for non-members.

Dr. Bud Peterson

Dr. G.P. "Bud" Peterson


Globalization and technology are changing the role of institutions of higher education. Being a regional or national university is no longer acceptable. American institutions of higher learning are expected to be global in nature, preparing students to be leaders and innovators who can thrive in any culture, regardless of where it is in the world, and to help develop solutions to the many global challenges facing society. Increasingly the world is looking to research universities for the technological innovations that will bolster the economy and enrich lives; and in particular to U.S. universities, including Georgia Tech, to provide lifelong learning opportunities using advanced technology.


One particularly salilent example is the link between the Port of Savannah and Georgia Tech, including initiatives such as professional education courses in Savannah and case studies on transportation and distribution. Work done at the Georgia Tech Panama Logistics Innovation and Research Center, in concert with the Savannah based Center of Innovation for Logistics, has the potential to positively impact the Port of Savannah.


Georgia Tech’s President G. P. “Bud” Peterson will talk about the changing expectations of U.S. higher education, including steps Georgia Tech is taking as part of an international initiative in its 25-year strategic plan, “Designing the Future.” Georgia Tech is committed to leadership in improving the human condition in Georgia, the United States, and around the globe and the Institute’s global positioning strategy includes helping to educate those here in Georgia, those in our nation, and those around the world who aspire to help create a better environment for all people. In so doing we will expand the footprint of Georgia Tech and develop globally engaged students who can expand and leverage their expertise to create a better world.


In April 2009 Dr. G.P. “Bud” Peterson became the 11th president of Georgia Tech. Under his leadership, the Tech community has developed and begun the implementation of a 25-year strategic plan, Designing the Future, that envisions what the Institute might be like on its 150th anniversary.

He came to Georgia Tech from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he served as chancellor. Prior to that, he served as provost at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His career includes 19 years at Texas A&M University as a mechanical engineering faculty member, and later as associate vice-chancellor. Throughout his career, he has played an active role in helping to establish the national education and research agendas, serving on numerous industry, government, and academic task forces and committees. He has worked for NASA and the National Science Foundation, and is now serving as a member of the National Science Board. He serves as a member of the Department of Commerce National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, as well as the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership steering committee.

Peterson earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, a second bachelor's degree in mathematics, and a master's degree in mechanical engineering, all from Kansas State University. He earned a PhD in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University. He and his wife, Val, have four adult children.

As one of the newest members of the Association of American Universities and a top ten public research university, Georgia Tech has outstanding programs in architecture, computing, engineering, liberal arts, management, and the sciences. With more than 21,000 students and 133,000 living alumni who work in business, industry, and government throughout the world, Georgia Tech has become internationally recognized for the quality of its educational and research programs.



Sponsor of this Month’s Program - The Keaton Group, SunTrust Investment Services, Inc.


The Savannah Council on World Affairs is grateful for the support of leadership enterprises in our community such as The Keaton Group.



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