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Georgia Tech president to chair board

Board of Governors selects G.P. ‘Bud’ Peterson as new leader

The NCAA Board of Governors, the Association’s highest governing body, selected Georgia Tech President G.P. “Bud” Peterson on Wednesday as its new chair.


The board is composed of university presidents and chancellors and oversees Association-wide issues for the three divisions that make up the NCAA. Peterson has represented the Atlantic Coast Conference on the Board of Governors since May and on the Division I Board of Directors, the top governing body for Division I, since January 2015.

“The NCAA is the outstanding organization that it is today because of the engagement of leaders from more than 1,100 colleges and universities,” Peterson said. “It is my honor to serve in this leadership role, which supports more than 460,000 student-athletes on 19,000 teams throughout the U.S. Together with the combined efforts of the institutional leadership, athletics directors and academic support staff, we are committed to working to ensure the lifelong success of our student-athletes.”

Peterson has served as president of the Georgia Institute of Technology since 2009. More than 21,500 students attend the university in Atlanta, which sponsors 17 men’s and women’s Division I sports. Peterson is a graduate of Kansas State University, where he was a member of the Wildcats football team.

Peterson earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, a second bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a master’s degree in engineering from Kansas State. He also earned a doctorate in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station.

The Board of Governors includes 16 presidents and chancellors from Divisions I, II and III. NCAA President Mark Emmert and the chairs of the Division I Council and Divisions II and III Management Councils serve as ex officio members.

“President Peterson’s leadership and insights will be valuable as the Association continues its efforts to protect the pathway to opportunity that college sports provide for student-athletes in all three divisions,” Emmert said.