M. Brian Blake, the first black president of Georgia State University

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ATLANTA, GA — The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia has selected M. Brian Blake, executive vice president for Academic Affairs and provost at George Washington University, as the eighth president of Georgia State University. The Georgia Institute of Technology alumni will become the university's first black president.

Blake will succeed Mark Becker, who has held the position for the past twelve years. As president, Becker guided Georgia State University to become the state's largest university and one of the top ten in the country in terms of student enrolment. Since the year it was founded in 1913, Georgia State University has had a diverse majority-minority student population.

Blake graduated from Georgia Tech with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, Mercer University with a master's degree in electrical engineering, and George Mason University with a Ph.D. in information and software engineering.

As provost, Blake supervised the academic mission of George Washington University, including its fourteen schools and colleges. Blake spent four years as executive vice president for academics and provost at Drexel University in Philadelphia before joining George Washington in 2019. He was also the dean of the Graduate School and vice provost for Academic Affairs at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.

He was a professor and assistant dean for research at the University of Notre Dame College of Engineering, where he oversaw research and graduate studies. Prior to joining the Notre Dame faculty, Blake was the chair of the Department of Computer Science at Georgetown University.

Blake will take over as president of Georgia State University on August 9.

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