According to the French Consulate, "on October 23,
Frédéric Doré, Ministry Counselor and Deputy Chief of Mission at the French
Embassy in Washington D.C, will bestow the Legion of Honor, in the rank of
Knight, upon Dr. Bud Peterson, President of the Georgia Institute of
The National Order of the Legion of Honor was created by Napoleon
Bonaparte in 1802. It recognizes extraordinary accomplishments and outstanding
services rendered to France,
based on a personal decision by the President of the Republic of France.
Midtown Patch was informed that Dr. Peterson will receive this award in
recognition of his dedication to strengthening French-American relations
through his support of the Georgia Tech Lorraine
campus as well as the annual series of events known as
year, about 200 French and American students study in France and Atlanta
thanks to the unique and exemplary implant of the Georgia Tech campus in Metz, France,
offering a double-degree that is recognized in both countries.
“Dr. Bud Peterson is a visionary leader that has
tremendously contributed to French-American relations in the U.S.
Southeast,” said French Consul General Denis Barbet. “Not only has
he demonstrated enthusiastic support for the Georgia Tech Lorraine
campus and the creation of the Lafayette Institute in Metz, France,
a technology transfer platform that will benefit both American and French
researchers, but he has also personally invested himself and his university to
reinforce transnational cooperation through the France-Atlanta initiative.”
Dr. G.P. “Bud” Peterson has served as President
of Georgia Tech since April 2009. In addition to working for several years in
the American university system, he also has experience as a research scientist
for NASA and a high school teacher.