President Responds to Virginia Tech Tragedy

We are profoundly grieved and saddened by this horrible tragedy, and our hearts and prayers go out to the campus community of Virginia Tech, especially to the families of those who were killed or wounded. Virginia Tech is our sister technological university and partner school in the ACC, and the connections between Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech run broad and deep. Many in the Georgia Tech community have friends at Virginia Tech, and the anguish of this tragedy touches us deeply. I was on the faculty at Virginia Tech for a decade, and as dean of engineering, my office was in Norris Hall, just one floor above the classroom where the shootings occurred. I remember it as a place of life and vitality, where students and faculty met to share the joy of teaching and learning. It is incomprehensible that so many lost their lives there while engaged in the quest for knowledge that lies at the heart of a university's purpose. We extend our deepest condolences to President Charles Steger and the entire Virginia Tech community and stand ready to assist in any way we can as they try to deal with this painful and difficult chapter of their lives and find a way to move forward.

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.