Posted November 12, 2009 Atlanta, GA
Betsy Jackson, 404-894-1238
Assistant Director, Office of Government and Community Relations
On Nov. 7, President Bud Peterson and Val Peterson played host to nearly 200 guests, kicking off Tech's first Georgia Tech Legislative Day. Many attendees were legislators, department heads and other state administrators.
The president and his wife welcomed the guests to an afternoon reception at the President's Residence prior to the kick-off of the Yellow Jackets and Wake Forest football game. In attendance were University System of Georgia Chancellor Erroll B. Davis Jr. and House Speaker Glenn Richardson, as well as Gov. Sonny Perdue and his family.
"We organized this event to continue our ongoing efforts to build partnerships between government leaders and Georgia Tech," said Dene Sheheane, executive director of Government and Community Relations at Tech. "We are appreciative of the time state leaders spent on our campus to learn more about Georgia Tech, and we hope this Legislative Day will be the first of many."
Regents, state constitutional officers, state and federal legislators, USG staff members and state department heads were invited to the event.
The Georgia Institute of Technology is one of the world's premier research universities. Ranked seventh among U.S. News & World Report's top public universities and the eighth best engineering and information technology university in the world by Shanghai Jiao Tong University's Academic Ranking of World Universities, Georgia Tech’s more than 20,000 students are enrolled in its Colleges of Architecture, Computing, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Management and Sciences. Tech is among the nation's top producers of women and minority engineers. The Institute offers research opportunities to both undergraduate and graduate students and is home to more than 100 interdisciplinary units plus the Georgia Tech Research Institute.