Georgia Tech: Computer repair shop to be renamed after ‘gutsy’ president
Atlanta Tech is planning to rename a computer repair shop after a Georgia Tech alum.
The school’s new management team announced Thursday that John Davis will be the new president of the business.
He replaces Steve McElroy who is leaving the university to become president of a consulting firm.
The new administration also has hired former Tech president Joe Foye, who previously led a team that took over the campus bookstore and campus gym after the death of founder and former Tech professor James Pugh.
Georgia Tech had a reputation for a lack of professionalism and had a long history of mismanagement, including a $40 million lawsuit filed in 2008 against the university by former staff and former students.
The suit alleged that Tech ignored complaints about a variety of issues, including rampant billing and unpaid taxes.
Tech has been embroiled in a class-action lawsuit filed by former students who allege they were paid a small fraction of their tuition and other expenses by the school, including $6.8 million in 2014.
Tech is appealing that lawsuit, saying the money was owed to students who had no expectation of repayment.
The complaint also alleges that Tech “made no effort to investigate and/or hold accountable individuals who were in violation of the University’s policies.”
Tech’s current president, Scott Williams, said Davis has been a strong leader.
“I think John Davis is going to be an excellent leader of our new business,” Williams said.
Davis had been in leadership roles at Georgia Tech for six years.
Tech was ranked No. 1 in the AP’s list of colleges with the most highly rated graduates, a distinction it has held for seven consecutive years.
The university ranked among the top 10 in its field of undergraduate education in 2017 and 2018.
Davis has also served on the board of directors for the Georgia Institute of Technology and as a trustee at the Georgia Baptist University, according to a school news release.
Tech’s move comes as Georgia Tech is trying to rebound from a disastrous financial year.
Tech reported a $9.5 million loss for the last fiscal year, and it had more than $6 billion in debt.
The administration said Davis, a native of Atlanta, will focus on growing the business while also focusing on the growth of the university’s philanthropic activities.