the first alumnus to become President of Georgia Tech; separated the Ivan Allen College of Management, Policy, and International Affairs into the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts; returned the College of Management to "College" status
initiated the establishment of the College of Computing (the first computing college in the US), the Ivan Allen College of Management, Policy, and International Affairs, and the College of Sciences; served as Chairman of the Georgia Tech Athletic Association and as President of the Georgia Tech Research Corporation; active member of the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games before and after Atlanta was chosen as host for the Centennial Games
establish the David Guggenheim School of Aeronautics; established the first ROTC unit in the Southern United States; got accreditation for the Institute by SACS; attributed with providing the vision and securing the finances to move Georgia Tech away from its roots as a teaching-oriented trade school and towards a new focus on science and technology
noted for his aggressive fundraising and improvements to the school; opened the first textile engineering school in the Southern United States; established new degrees: electrical engineering, civil engineering, textile engineering, engineering chemistry; was a infamous disciplinarian, punishing the entire senior class because they came home a day late from Christmas vacation
Football head coach of Georgia Tech (1980-1986); Football head coach of Alabama (1987-1989); Football head coach of Kentucky (1990-1996); Football head coach of Georgia State University (2008-Present); NFL player (1963-1974)
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