President Peterson Receives French Legion of Honor Medal
President G.P. "Bud" Peterson receives the French Legion of Honor Medal.
On Oct. 23, President G.P. “Bud” Peterson received the Legion of Honor Medal, in the rank of Knight, from Frédéric Doré, Ministry Counselor and Deputy Chief of Mission at the French Embassy in Washington D.C.
“Dr. Bud Peterson is a visionary leader who has tremendously contributed to French-American relations in the U.S. Southeast,” said French Consul General Denis Barbet. “Not only has he demonstrated enthusiastic support for the Georgia Tech-Lorraine campus and the creation of the Lafayette Institute in Metz, France — a technology transfer platform that will benefit both American and French researchers — but he has also personally invested himself and his university in reinforcing transatlantic cooperation through the France-Atlanta initiative.”
The National Order of the Legion of Honor was created by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802. It recognizes extraordinary accomplishments and outstanding services rendered to France, based on a personal decision by the president of the Republic of France.