The board of regents of the University System of Georgia announced the appointment of M. Brian Blake as the next president of Georgia State University. When he takes office on August 9, he will earn a compensation package of $950,000.
Georgia State University has the largest enrollment of any institution of higher education in the state. It enrolls nearly 28,000 undergraduate students and more than 7,000 graduate students, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Department of Education. African Americans make up 41 percent of the undergraduate student body.
“As a native Georgian, I am honored and humbled to be named to the presidency of Georgia State University,” Dr. Blake said. “With the incredible progress made over the past decade, Georgia State has an outstanding reputation combining excellence in both research and accessibility. It’s built for the next generation of students, scholars, and practitioners, and I would be delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to the next chapter of the institution.”
Dr. Blake is currently executive vice president for academic affairs and provost of George Washington University in Washington, D.C. In 2015, he was appointed provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Earlier, Dr. Blake was vice provost for academic affairs and dean of the Graduate School at the University of Miami in Florida and associate dean for research and graduate studies at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. He also served as department chair and director of graduate studies in computer science at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Blake is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, where he majored in electrical engineering. He holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, and a Ph.D. in information and software engineering from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.