Shortly after the close of the Spring semester, the University of Georgia gave the final approval to create the School of Computing, a new academic unit to be jointly administered by the Franklin College and the College of Engineering.
In response to rising student enrollment and the growing role of computing in a range of fields, the University of Georgia has elevated its longstanding department of computer science to a School of Computing. Its creation is effective July 1, 2022.
“The University of Georgia is committed to creating synergies across our campus that foster new opportunities for students and faculty and better serve communities in Georgia and around the world,” said President Jere W. Morehead. “I am excited about the positive impact the School of Computing will have on research and education in the STEM disciplines at UGA.”
The establishment of the School of Computing stems from the work of a seven-member Task Force on the Future of Computing that included faculty and academic leaders from both the Franklin College and the College of Engineering. The task force was charged by Provost S. Jack Hu and chaired by Marisa Pagnattaro, who was recently named vice president for instruction.
“Our students will benefit greatly from a School of Computing that will be supported with resources from both the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Engineering,” Hu said. “The strategic hiring of new faculty will create new opportunities for undergraduate and graduate instruction while also supporting research in areas that are of strategic importance to our state and world.”
Congratulations to the many faculty and administrators who made this happen, their hard work and vision for the future of multidisciplinary collaboration at the university continue to introduce innovations to teaching and research at UGA. Many more students stand to benefit from this great, next step to support a growing field, the UGA School of Computing.