The controversial proposal angered Georgia Tech officials, who say the state shouldn’t duplicate programs when it already has a campus dedicated almost entirely to engineering. The proposal even drew fire from Gov. Sonny Perdue, who spoke at the board meeting last month and urged the regents to move more slowly on starting expensive new programs.
But UGA President Michael Adams said the engineering program will help provide the state with more workers and draw more federal research dollars to the campus. He said the program can be started with existing money and will be phased in over five years.
“Ultimately, it’s what’s best for the state,” Adams said after the meeting. “It’s best that a research university have this option.”
For once, I agree with Michael Adams (yes, I know, don’t faint!). And as soon as they are available, I will definitely add a “UGA School of Engineering” t-shirt to my collection of Dawgly apparel.