He is really the total package that you look for in a university president, said Susan Herbst, executive vice chancellor for the University System of Georgia, who worked closely with the presidential search committee.
Peterson, who has a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, has been chancellor at Colorado since 2006. He served as an administrator at Texas A&M University, College Station for 19 years before moving to be chief academic officer at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., from 2000 to 2006.
I am humbled to be considered for the post of president of the Georgia Institute of Technology, Peterson said in a news release. Georgia Tech is a wonderful institution and presents a special opportunity for me and my family.
Peterson must still go before the Board of Regents for final approval. By state law, the board has to wait 14 days to vote on the nomination. Emerging as the only finalist makes him essentially a shoe-in for the job at the 19,000-student campus in Atlanta.
He was selected from a national search to replace longtime President G. Wayne Clough, who left in June to lead the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Clough had been president since 1994