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September 7, 2008
Dr. Richard A. DeMillo, The John P. Imlay Jr. Dean of the College of Computing at Georgia Tech, has joined the Board of Directors of the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Partnership Foundation (JRCPF), the former president and first lady’s Atlanta-based foundation that provides grants and awards to recognize the best practices in campus-community partnership programs and the best new ideas for student-led community service projects to solve community based problems.
DeMillo, who is stepping down as dean effective Nov. 1 to become a joint Distinguished Professor in Georgia Tech’s Colleges of Computing and Management, said the appointment is a perfect opportunity to put both his academic and professional experience to use in service of tangible, humanitarian goals.
“President Carter’s reputation for service speaks for itself, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to lend whatever advice and counsel I can to the Carter Partnership Foundation’s efforts,” DeMillo said. “In the College of Computing, we have focused in recent years on ‘Computing for Good,’ which means exploring the ways in which computing can be put to work for the direct benefit of communities and individuals, supporting the best kinds of social progress. The JRCPF gives me the chance to do just that.”
DeMillo said he’s particularly enthused about the foundation’s ServiceBook application (www.servicebook.org), which provides an Internet-based community for the exchange of ideas, best practices, syllabi and other forms of collaboration in academic service-learning.