President Cabrera adjusting his tie on his first week

Since taking the helm as Tech's 12th president, Ángel Cabrera has been a man on a mission. His first day was filled with opportunities, both planned and unplanned, to meet members of the campus community and get to know Georgia Tech in a new way — not as a graduate or a parent, but as president.

In the days that followed, his efforts continued apace. In addition to giving his first Institute Address, President Cabrera attended several campus events, including the football home opener, the opening of Tech’s newest mental health facility, and the ceremony honoring four young men who blazed a history-making trail at the Institute.


Aug 31

Saturday, Aug. 31

The day before he officially assumed the role of president, Ángel Cabrera ran into members of the Society of Black Engineers taking group photos in Harrison Square. They introduced the incoming president to the Boomerang app and invited him to jump in.

Georgia Tech's Society of Black Engineers with Dr. Cabrera
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President Cabrera, center, with the Society of Black Engineers chapter in Harrison Square.
Photo courtesy of the Society of Black Engineers at Georgia Tech.


Never felt this cool! Thx @gtsbe!

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Sept 3

Tuesday, Sept. 3

President Cabrera arrives for his first day on the job. He started his morning with a message to all of campus, which he also shared on his blog.

His day included meetings with student groups, the Faculty Executive Board, and the Staff Council. Look back at a full recap.


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President Cabrera takes a moment to show Pooja Juvekar (left) and Haigh Angell, Undergraduate Student Government Association president and executive vice president, a family photo during their meeting on Cabrera’s first day. Photo by Rob Felt.



Dr Cabrera with his family

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Sept 4

Wednesday, Sept. 4

Day two gave President Cabrera the chance to address guests at the 11th annual Diversity Symposium. The event included a panel with Tech’s first three African American students and first African American graduate. The four men were honored later that day at “Trailblazers: The Struggle and the Promise,” celebrating the unveiling of two new campus sculptures that depict the young men as students at Georgia Tech. Learn more about the new permanent installations and the philanthropy that brought them here.

Dr Cabrera addresses the audience at the Trailblazers unveiling
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President Cabrera addresses attendees at the Trailblazers unveiling event on Wednesday, Sept. 4.
Photo by Christopher Moore.


Sept 5

Thursday, Sept. 5

“This is a crazy moment for me. I hope you appreciate that,” said President Ángel Cabrera as he began his first Institute Address to approximately 550 Georgia Tech students, faculty, and staff in the Ferst Center for the Arts and more than 650 viewers watching the live stream.

Cabrera took the opportunity to officially introduce himself to the campus, noting how much it means to him as a Tech alumnus and parent to now be serving as the Institute’s president. He also announced a few immediate organizational changes and shared his thoughts on the value of public education, student well-being, and diversity and inclusion. Read the full story.

Dr Cabrera speaking at the Ferst center
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President Cabrera speaks to a campuswide audience at the Ferst Center on Thursday, Sept. 5.
Photo by Allison Carter.


Sept 6

Friday, Sept. 6

President Cabrera ended the first work week with an interview with the Technique, followed by a presidential portrait session.

He also wrapped up his first week with a recap on his blog.

A portrait of Dr Cabrera


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President Cabrera near the Savant Building during his presidential portrait session on Friday, Sept. 6.
Photo by Christopher Moore.


Sept 7

Saturday, Sept. 7

The Yellow Jackets’ home football opener against the University of South Florida gave the new president a chance to make his debut to the Georgia Tech fan base — and what better way to do that than in the Ramblin’ Wreck? The Jackets defeated the USF Bulls 14-10, and new head coach Geoff Collins notched his first Tech victory.

Dr Cabrera riding the wreck
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President Ángel Cabrera and first lady Beth Cabrera wave from the rumble seat during their ride onto Grant Field on Saturday, Sept. 7. Photo by Danny Karnik.

Sept 9

Monday, Sept. 9

The new Center for Assessment, Referral, and Education (CARE) has been open since the start of the fall semester. On Monday, the campus community celebrated with a ribbon-cutting event in the Smithgall Student Services (Flag) Building. The event was also part of Suicide Prevention Week at Georgia Tech.

Dr Cabrera at the CARE ribbon cutting

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Tiffiny Hughes-Troutman, director of the Center for Assessment, Referral, and Education (CARE), gives President Cabrera a tour of the new space in the Smithgall Student Services (Flag) Building. Photo by Allison Carter.


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Photography: Allison Carter, Rob Felt, Christopher Moore
Writer: Kristen Bailey
Editor: Stacy Braukman
Design: Monet Fort


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