Designing The Future [Georgia Institute of Technology Strategic Plan, 2010]
Georgia Institute of Technology. Office of the President
Georgia Institute of Technology
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"Tech President G.P. 'Bud' Peterson launched Tech’s new 25-year Strategic Plan before a crowd of more than 800 faculty, staff and students at the Ferst Center Aug. 31. The plan is the culmination of a yearlong process that brought together hundreds of members of the Tech community. Participants were provided a printed copy of the new plan, along with supporting materials. Before presenting the plan, Peterson introduced Tech’s senior leadership team, including Dr. Rafael Bras, Tech’s new executive vice president for academic affairs and provost. He thanked several people for their service, including a special thanks to Dr. Gary Schuster on his last day as serving as Tech’s provost, as he is returning to the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He also gave a brief update on Tech, including the budget, before launching the plan. Peterson said that launching the Strategic Plan during challenging economic times is both appropriate and opportunistic. 'As part of our strategic planning effort, we are working to improve our processes to free up resources to do other things,' he said. 'When times are tough is when you really have a chance to make some changes and set a course for the future. While many institutions are pulling back and retrenching, we think this is a time to be aggressive.' He outlined the five main goals of the plan, and then introduced a list of ten Institute-wide initiatives, for which work has already begun. 'Today, there is some amazing work being done at Georgia Tech. Teams are already working on solutions for making solar energy economical, improving environmental and economic sustainability, providing access to clean water, improving the urban infrastructure, advancing health informatics, curing diseases, and securing cyberspace,' he said. 'In many ways, we’re already designing the future.' He said that the shared vision outlined in the plan would help Tech improve on what already exists. In conclusion, Peterson issued the challenge: 'Now, it’s our time. It’s our vision, and it’s up to us to make it happen. Not just for Georgia Tech, but for our state, our nation and our world. Working together, we can do anything. This is, after all, Georgia Tech.'"