A Timely Honor: Goal to Fund Sam Nunn School Chair Reached during 20th Anniversary Year

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Friends and family of the Honorable Sam Nunn (Class of 1960 and Honorary Ph.D. 2008) have honored him by funding the Sam Nunn School Chair in International Affairs.

This prestigious endowed faculty leadership chair will provide annual discretionary support in perpetuity, enabling the incumbent administrative chair of the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs to advance strategic priorities.

The School of International Affairs was established concurrently with the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts at Georgia Tech in 1990. The School was named for former Georgia senator Sam Nunn in 1996. Gifts from the estate of John P. Imlay Jr. (IM 1959) first ensured that Nunn’s legacy would be firmly rooted at Georgia Tech for the benefit of the Nunn School’s students, faculty, and programs. Others joined the early effort to fund the School’s naming including generous support from Kim and Tom Noonan, (IMGT 1983 and ME 1983, respectively), the Arthur Blank Foundation, and the Bank of America Foundation.

In fall 2017, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the School’s naming for Senator Nunn, gifts and commitments funded the Sam Nunn School Chair. Donors included Senator Nunn, Joan and Hubert “Herky” Harris (IM 1965), and Carolyn and Earl Shell (BC 1962). Subject to Board of Regents consideration and approval, the incumbent Nunn School chair will be the named chair holder.

As one of Georgia’s most admired citizens and a respected leader on the state, national, and international stages, Nunn has worked to address the most challenging problems of our time. During his 24-year career as a U.S. senator, he advanced many national security and foreign policy objectives, including co-authoring the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program. Today he is co-chairman of the Nuclear Threat Initiative and serves as a distinguished professor in the Nunn School.

Nunn has made an indelible mark on international affairs, and his example will continue to inspire generations of Georgia Tech students and faculty striving to make a difference in the world.


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  • Created By:Rebecca Keane
  • Created:12/20/2017
  • Modified By:Rebecca Keane
  • Modified:05/26/2022


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