University President’s Roundtable

University President’s Roundtable

Join University Presidents and Chancellors, representing some of the top academic institutions in our the country, as they discuss how maintaining a diverse and inclusive stream of domestic graduate-level talent in STEM can enhance their campuses and benefit the larger workforce. The roundtable will address the current state of the US workforce with regards to competitiveness in technology and innovation, and the role that engineers and scientists with graduate level degrees in STEM plays in advancing our impact on global innovation in the US. Through the lively, interactive discussion, we will add our voices to the national conversation on the importance of diversity and inclusion in driving innovation in the United States.

Panelists include:

  • Dr. G. P. Bud Peterson, President, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Randy Woodson, Chancellor, North Carolina State University
  • Dr. Sidney A. Ribeau, President, Howard University
  • Dr. Gene Block, Chancellor, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Dr. Teresa A. Sullivan, President, University of Virginia


Dr. G. P. Bud Peterson

President, Georgia Institute of Technology

G. P. “Bud” Peterson was appointed as the 11th president of Georgia Tech on April 1, 2009. Prior to his appointment, he served as chancellor at the University of Colorado at Boulder (2006-2009), provost at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York (2000-2006), and program director at the National Science Foundation for the Thermal Transport and Thermal Processing Program (1993-1994).

Dr. Randy Woodson

Dr. William R. “Randy” Woodson was named the 14th chancellor of North Carolina State University on January 8, 2010.Woodson arrived at NC State from Purdue University, where he most recently served as executive vice president for academic affairs and provost.

Dr. Gene Block

Chancellor, University of California, Los Angeles

As UCLA’s chief executive officer, Gene Block oversees all aspects of the campus’ three-part mission of education, research and service. Dr. Block became chancellor of UCLA on August 1, 2007. Previously, he served as vice president and provost of the University of Virginia. He also headed an NIH graduate training program aimed at increasing the number of scientists from underrepresented groups.

Dr. Theresa A. Sullivan

President, University of Virginia

Teresa A. Sullivan was elected eighth President of the University, effective Aug. 1, 2010.

Before coming to U.Va., President Sullivan was the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Michigan. She was also Professor of Sociology in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.

Dr. Sidney A. Ribeau

President, Howard University

Sidney A. Ribeau, Ph.D., is the 16th President of Howard University and the sixth African American to serve as its Chief Executive Officer. Since taking office in August 2008, Dr. Ribeau has championed improving services to students through his Students First Campaign, strengthening research with emphasis in the STEM disciplines, enhancing the University’s international footprint and building upon a legacy of service. He was President of Bowling Green State University (BGSU) in Bowling Green, Ohio, for 13 years before coming to Howard. Under his leadership, BGSU was recognized for its residential learning communities, values-based education and innovative graduate programs.

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