News & Events – Former Georgia Tech President Appointed Chairman of Kumer Institute Foundation Board

Dr. GP “Budd” Peterson

Dr. GP “Budd” Peterson, president of the Georgia Institute of Technology, has been appointed chairman of the board of directors of the Kumer Institute Foundation in Missouri S & T.

At a meeting of board members on Wednesday, August 11, Peterson was unanimously elected. He replaces Fred Kumer, the organization’s founder, who died on April 30 at the age of 92. To support S&T Missouri S & T, to establish a Kumer Institute for Student Achievement, Research and Economic Development. The grant, established at a current estimated value of $ 409 million, and a number of new initiatives in Missouri S and T, established the Kumer Institute Foundation.

President and CEO of Kummer Institute and a member of the Board. “It has a strong leadership record with some of the country’s leading universities, including Custom Georgia Tech, as well as national funding agencies such as the National Science Foundation. Georgia Tech has led the way in Transformation growth and innovation, and the experience there will be invaluable to S&T. We are grateful to the team for taking on this new mission, and I know that the late Fred Kumer is very happy with our choice.

“It is an honor and privilege to be asked to serve as chairman of the board of directors of the Kummer Institute,” Peterson said. He was fortunate enough to meet Kumer several times during his amazing gift planning process, and his vision for helping Missouri S. and Tine transform into major scientific, technological universities was truly impressive. I look forward to working with university leaders, faculty, staff and graduates to help make that vision a reality.

Peterson served as the 11th president of Georgia Tech from April 2009 to August 2019, and is currently president of the University of Georgia Tech at Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering and a professor of regent. Prior to joining Georgia Tech, he served as chancellor of the University of Colorado at Boulder and professor at the Renser Polytechnic Institute. He holds a number of national leadership positions, including 12 years of membership in the National Science Board, which oversees and advises the President and Congress on science and engineering policy. He also served for three years as chairman of the Board of Governors for the NAAAA. He has previously held positions at the University of Texas A and M, including serving as Vice Chancellor for Engineering at the University of Texas A and M systems. He was a visiting research scientist at NASA-Johnson Space Center and holds teaching positions at Kansas Technical Institute, Shane Mission South High School and Wabane (Kansas) County High School.

Peterson Office of Naval Research, NASA, Department of Energy, National Research Council, National Academy of Engineering, American Institute of Aviation and Space Research, National Science Board, Public and Land-Grant Universities Association and American Competition Council.

Peterson’s research interests include the basic aspects of heat transfer, including heat transfer in reduced gravity areas, the formation of modified surfaces, and some micro-stages in the flow and phase change heat transfer environment.

In addition to Peterson and Dehgani, other members of the Board of Directors of the Kumer Institute Foundation:

  • Dossier Delbert Day, former chair of special careers and president and president of MOSC Corporation in Missouri S.T. He founded the company in 1985, when he co-invented the glass microspheres used to treat liver cancer. Day also graduated in 1958 with a degree in ceramic engineering from Missouri S and T.
  • Gary Havenner, president of Fort Worth, Texas, is the founder of Havener Companies and the founder of several companies, including real estate development and investment, corporate jet renovation, textbook warehousing, and antenna systems. Havener is a 1961 Huri graduate from Missouri S & T.
  • Dr. Martin C. Gishke, former President of Purdue University and Iowa State University, also served as Chancellor of Missouri S&T from 1986 to 1991. Jishch was president of Purdue and held the presidency of Iowa from 1991 to 2000. A.D. He retired from Purdue in 2007.
  • Joseph de Leharer, with Greensfeldder, a St. Louis law firm, deals with public and private clients in corporate transactions, mergers, acquisitions and transfers, and financial management. He serves as Secretary of the Board.
  • Dr. Joan B. Wooddd, Retired Executive Vice President and Deputy Director of Sandia National Laboratories. Widder received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics in 1973 from Missouri S and T. A member of the S&T Board of Trustees, she serves as treasurer of the Kumerr Foundation Foundation.

About the Kumer Institute

Kumer Institute for Student Achievement, Research and Economic Development (Kumer Institute) A.D. A.D. A.D. A.D. A.D. 555 Missouri S & T (University of Missouri School of Mines and Metals). Fred Kumer He was the founder and chairman of the St. Louis-based HBE Corporation, founded in 1960 by the world’s leading design construction company for healthcare. The Kummer Foundation also established the Kummer Institute Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports initiatives to raise the standard of Missouri S&T, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, and has a positive impact on the economy of south-central Missouri and beyond. . The initiative of the Kumer Institute includes four new research centers, the Kummer Center for STEM Education and the Kummer College innovation, entrepreneurship and economic development. Learn more at

About the University of Missouri Science and Technology

Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S & T) is part of the Missouri System at the University of Missouri, a research-focused STEM with more than 7,100 students. It offers 101 different degree programs in 40 disciplines in Rolla, Missouri, Missouri S and T and is ranked as the best public university in the field of engineering. For more information on Missouri S & T, visit

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