From the Dean's Desk – May 29, 2020

Dear GT Computing Colleagues,
 
I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to attend our Faculty Town Hall yesterday, and the quarterly Staff Meeting today. As you know, we discussed how the Institute was approaching its mandate to pay for a 14% cut to the state budget. The key guiding principles for the Institute are:

  • Prioritize student academic progression and quality of instruction.   ​
  • Protect sponsored research that is self-funding and contributes to supporting our infrastructure and reputation.  ​
  • Protect revenue-generating programs and create new ones.  
  • Ask how crucial every activity is for our core mission today and tomorrow.
  • Protect as much employment as possible while acknowledging that some personnel will inevitably be affected. Any necessary personnel actions will be taken with fairness, compassion, and respect.
  • Focus on administrative processes that can be streamlined, digitized, and made more effective and efficient.
  • Be transparent about all decisions that we make and communicate widely and often.   ​ ​  ​

Nothing has been approved yet, but we expect that the General Assembly will meet before June 15 to approve the FY21 budget and USG will then finalize our budget. If all goes as planned we should know more before July 1. In any case, we will have more conversations in the coming weeks as we have more information to share with you.
 
Before signing off for the weekend, I’d also like to take a moment today to celebrate the winners of this year’s College of Computing dissertation awards. Our winners are:
 
Chirag Jain (CSE), advisor Srinivas Aluru.
Caitlyn Seim (IC), advisor Thad Starner
Aishwarya Agrawal (IC), advisor Dhruv Batra
Divya Mahajan (CS), advisor Hadi Ezmailzadeh
 
Please join me in congratulating these new Ph.D.’s for demonstrating the intellectual excellence that we strive for as a College. I’m sure you’re as proud as I am.
 
Finally, there is yet another phishing attempt using my name making the rounds. It’s very official looking and includes a recent-ish picture of me.

Let me remind everyone: if you get an e-mail from me asking you to call me, please check the e-mail address it comes from. If it is not isbell@cc.gatech.edu, it’s likely a scam. Also, if you find yourself getting texts like "Hi, it’s Dean Charles. You can text me on here ok?” be wary. That isn’t the sort of thing I’d say. First off, there aren’t enough commas. Now, if you want to send me iTunes gift cards, I’ll take them, but I’m not likely to ask you for them directly, only hint when my birthday comes around (it’s the week before Christmas in case you were wondering).
 
Have a good weekend, everyone. It’s going to be a warm one, so enjoy it and take things easy.

Peace.
--
Charles L. Isbell, Jr.
John P. Imlay, Jr. Dean
College of Computing
Georgia Tech

EA: Alicia Richhart, alicia@cc.gatech.edu, 404-894-8357

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