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USG: Dr. M. Brian Blake Named President of Georgia State University

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG) today named Dr. M. Brian Blake president of the University State of Georgia, effective August 9, 2021.

"The state of Georgia will stand out under the leadership of Dr. Blake," said US Chancellor Steve Wrigley. “He has an outstanding experience and understands the university's mission to provide students with everything from access to a college degree to world-class research opportunities. This will allow the state of Georgia to continue to innovate and succeed, and I am grateful to the Board of Regents and the search committee for their time and good work in the selection process. I congratulate Dr. Blake on his new position. ”

Blake has served as Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chancellor of George Washington University (GWU) in Washington, DC, since 2019. “I have no doubt that Dr. Blake will work non-stop on behalf of students, faculty, staff and alumni to advance the priorities of the state of Georgia and enhance its growing reputation as one of the best in the nation, ”said Board of Regents Chairman Sachin Shailendra. "On behalf of the Board of Regents, I look forward to working with Dr. Blake as we welcome him home to Georgia."

In his current position, Blake is the highest ranking academic officer at GWU. It monitors 10 schools and universities, three campuses, and the academic success of 28,000 students. Blake also led the GWU university's post-pandemic plan to evaluate new educational innovations. "I am deeply grateful to the Board of Regents and Chancellor Wrigley for the opportunity to lead the state of Georgia into a very bright future," said Blake. “I know that with the help of the campus community, we can promote the institution's national reputation and innovative environment and create a truly unique educational experience for students. The university has made great strides under the leadership of President Mark Becker in the classroom, laboratory, and athletic field. I am eager to start building on that solid foundation. ”

Parker Executive Search provided consulting services during the search for the president.

About Dr. M. Brian Blake

Blake joined GWU in 2019 as Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chancellor. From 2015 to 2019, he served as executive vice president for academics and chairman of Nina Henderson at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

At Drexel, Blake led the implementation of a new budget model focused on responsibility and accountability. president's strategic plan. He also developed the academic vision "Creating the academic experience of the 21st century". During his tenure, he helped Drexel recruit its most academically gifted class, achieve the highest retention rate in the university's history, and increase research activity to the highest level in the university. From 2012 to 2015, Blake served as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean of the University of Miami Graduate School in Miami, Florida. He oversaw 155 programs located in 12 schools and colleges and received a tribute resolution from the university. Board of Trustees to raise the visibility of graduate education and significantly improve the environment for college success. Blake was Associate Dean of Engineering, Research, and Graduate Studies and Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Notre Dame from 2009 to 2012. Oversaw the doubling of research awards and expenditures at the College of Engineering and increased the graduate program by more than 30 percent.

He spent the first 10 years of his career at Georgetown University, beginning in 1999. While there, Blake was promoted from adjunct professor to assistant professor and then to full associate professor. He was selected to serve as chairman of the Department of Computer Science and inaugural director of graduate studies in computer science.

Overall, Blake has been an advisor or co-advisor to 15 postdoctoral fellows and graduate students and more than 30 undergraduate researchers. He has authored or co-authored more than 200 journal articles, books or book chapters, and refereed conference or workshop articles. He is best known for his contributions to adaptive cross-organizational workflow for web-based systems and services. Blake participated in five committees or studies of National Academies and in the Advisory Committee of the Directorate of Engineering and Informatics and Information Sciences of the National Science Foundation. His research has garnered more than $ 12 million in sponsored funding from various government and commercial organizations. Before entering higher education, Blake worked as a software architect, technical leader, and expert developer with General Electric, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, and MITER Corporation.

Blake earned his Ph.D. in software and information engineering from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, a master's degree in electrical engineering from Mercer University in Atlanta, and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech. Born and raised in Savannah, Blake and his wife, Bridget, who holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech, as well as an MBA from Johns Hopkins University and an executive doctorate in business administration from Drexel, they have two sons, Brendan and Bryce. .


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