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G. Wayne Clough honored at CULC groundbreaking

Robert Nesmith
Communications & Marketing

Georgia Tech alumnus and former President G. Wayne Clough returned to campus last week as part of the groundbreaking for the Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons (CULC).

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  During the April 5 ceremonial groundbreaking for the Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons, University System of Georgia Chancellor Erroll B. Davis Jr., left, and Tech President Bud Peterson, right, presented Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution and former Tech President G. Wayne Clough with a proclamation declaring Clough as President Emeritus of the Georgia Institute of Technology.

During the ceremony, President Bud Peterson and University System of Georgia Chancellor Erroll B. Davis Jr. presented to Clough a proclamation declaring him President Emeritus of the Georgia Institute of Technology.

“G. Wayne Clough is regarded as a truly transformative president,” Davis said.

“But above all of that, he is a teacher and an educator. He had an uncommon passion for the education of undergraduate students here at Tech. This new Learning Commons will be a legacy—the bricks-and-mortar legacy of Dr. G. Wayne Clough.”

After receiving the proclamation, Clough said what a pleasure it was to return to campus. “I spent two significant portions of my life here, once as a student, and once as the president. As the first alumnus to be president, I was privileged to have a unique perspective of Georgia Tech. I often met other alumni, and it wasn’t unusual to hear from them that they did not enjoy the experience.”

“I had this near-radical idea that Georgia Tech should be a place that not only challenged students, but one that also was dedicated to the idea that we wanted them to be successful,” Clough said. “I was convinced both objectives could be achieved while allowing students and faculty to have fun along the way.”

Peterson spoke about the building’s genesis, initially just an idea 12 years ago.

  CULC groundbreaking
  Former President G. Wayne Clough and President Bud Peterson with the Ramblin’ Wreck on the construction site of the new Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons.

“We are indebted to the General Assembly and Gov. Sonny Perdue for a tremendous state investment,” Peterson said. “The people of Georgia Tech are very grateful to Chancellor Erroll Davis and the Board of Regents for making this project a priority several years ago, and for having the foresight to envision the transformation that this facility will have on the way Georgia Tech teaches and supports undergraduate students.”

“We would not be standing here today were it not for the partnership of a number of people who believe in Georgia Tech and are willing to invest in its future,” Peterson said.

“Complementing the $60 million investment of the state is an additional investment from private philanthropy. We are very grateful to a number of individuals and organizations. The list of donors to the project is long and would take us all afternoon. That’s a nice problem to have.”

“We can imagine a time next year when students will be coming and going, benefitting from modern science laboratories, technologically advanced classrooms, and interactive learning experiences in an open and inviting environment.”



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Last Modified: April 15, 2010