Perdue reminded the regents – all of whom he appointed or re-appointed – that while they are a governing board, they must check in regularly with him and the Legislature before making any decisions that have significant implications for the system. Engineering is the second- most-expensive degree program to offer and Georgia is suffering financially because of the recession.
“With this UGA engineering decision, sadly I’m a little late to the party,” Perdue said. “This process has been wrong. And I frankly cannot tell if that has been by design or simple omission.”
In non-published comments, Perdue expressed concerns over the logistics of adding a supply route for ProActiv to reach Athens, as well as the additional expense of equipping the weight racks at the Ramsey Student Center with 2.5 and 5 pound dumbells. He added that “just because the football team is playing like we’re an engineering school does not mean we need to become one.”