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Provost Initiates Transition at Georgia Tech-Savannah

Georgia Tech-Savannah (GTS) is transitioning into its next phase of operation.

Last week, Provost Rafael L. Bras formally charged Nelson Baker, vice provost of Distance Learning and Professional Education, with leading the transition and implementation process outlined in the task force report, “Defining a Path Forward for Georgia Tech-Savannah,” adopted this summer by President Peterson following an eight-month review of the coastal campus.

“The DLPE operation is in line with the vision we have for Savannah,” Bras said. “Nelson and his team will bring their experience, vision and leadership to our presence there.”

In the report, the task force recommends creating a new academic and operational model for the campus while phasing out current degree programs. GTS currently offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in four engineering majors: civil, computer, electrical, and mechanical engineering.

The proposed organization, designed to be viable and self-sustaining, includes a portfolio of programs ranging from co-curricular undergraduate activities to instruction for the military and executive and other non-credit education programs to professional master’s degrees. Recommendations also include the option of developing regional research opportunities.

In the coming weeks, Baker is expected to name an implementation team and begin the work of creating an organizational structure that will support these emerging programs. David Frost will continue to serve as director of GTS for the upcoming academic year.

"Industry and military organizations, along with the Georgia Tech enterprise, are expressing interest in this new model," says Baker. "Initial program ideas already demonstrate how it will be beneficial to Savannah, the region and beyond. More importantly, it is creating an open dialogue for participation, which will be essential for future success."

From an academic perspective, Bras reiterated that GTS will operate in a “business as usual mode” during the fall semester. Academic advisors are working individually with GTS students to provide the support necessary to complete the degree program.