Colorado administrator tapped to lead Georgia Tech

The chancellor at the University of Colorado at Boulder has been named the finalist for the Georgia Tech presidency.

University System of Georgia officials announced Monday that G.P. "Bud" Peterson will go before the Board of Regents soon for final approval. He was selected from a national search to replace longtime President G. Wayne Clough, who left in June to lead the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Clough had been president since 1994. Peterson, who has a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, has been chancellor at Colorado since 2006.

He also served as an administrator at Texas A&M University, College Station, for 19 years before moving to be chief academic officer at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, from 2000 to 2006.