End of School Year Message from Chair Joe Bankoff

 At the Nunn School we are fast approaching the end of the 2016-17 academic year. These are exciting yet somewhat uncertain times for those of us focused on International Affairs because of the social, political and environmental challenges we confront across the globe. I am comforted by the fact that 55 of our students will be graduating this year from our undergraduate, masters and PhD programs. In times like these, we need more future leaders with global perspectives and skills. Their understanding of the impacts of technology on cultural and political systems, their researching skills and professional development would not be possible without the support and guidance of our devoted faculty, staff, mentors and parents. We are excited for them as they now take their next steps, whether it’s attending graduate school or finding a job.

While we have some great students graduating, we are also excited to welcome the incoming class of future policy makers. These students will soon be assisting faculty with research projects, and/or studying abroad in one of our programs. We hope to continue strengthening the tools and experience opportunities we provide them to be effective leaders in a very globalized 21st Century.

For a generation, the Sam Nunn School has served as a bridge on Georgia Tech’s campus between the realms of technology, policy, culture, and the humanities. We have raised the visibility of the School and the value of what we can contribute to Georgia Tech's Strategic Plan to redefine the Technology Institute of the 21st Century. Since its founding, the Nunn School will grant has granted 1,978 diplomas to its undergraduates, master’s, and PhD candidates and is currently educating over 250 future leaders in its degree programs.

We greatly appreciate the support that our Alumni and our Advisory Board are contributing to the growth and trajectory of the School. While there is still much progress to be made in our nation and in our world, I remain confident that the Nunn School will continue to equip its students with the skills necessary to make major impacts internationally. This would not be possible without the support and dedication of Georgia Tech, our faculty, staff, trusted advisors, alumni, and other supporters.

Thank you for your continuing support of the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs. On behalf of us all at the School, I wish you wonderful summer break. To those graduating, best of luck and please stay in touch.


Joe Bankoff

Chair, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs