Finalist named for Middle Georgia State presidency

Staff reportOctober 30, 2013 

Christopher Blake

The University System of Georgia has named a single finalist for the presidency of Middle Georgia State College.

Christopher Blake has served as president of Mount Mercy University, a four-year, Catholic liberal arts university in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, since 2006.

At Mount Mercy, Blake led the institution to several milestones, including the launch of graduate programs. During his tenure, the institution also began offering athletic scholarships, revised its core curriculum and implemented a campus facilities plan, according to a release from the University System of Georgia.

During Blake’s presidency, enrollment increased by 30 percent across freshman, transfer, adult and graduate populations.

Before coming to Mount Mercy, Blake was provost of Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md., the second oldest Catholic university in the nation, and before that he was director of teacher education.

Blake also served in the 1990s as associate dean of the graduate school at Towson University in Towson, Md., a unit of the University System of Maryland.

He also has served in faculty and administrative positions at Brunel University, a public research university located in London. Blake has been tenured as a faculty member at Towson University and at Mount St. Mary’s University, gaining the rank of full professor.

Blake received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in theology from the University of Oxford, Keble College. He received his doctorate in education from the University of London, King’s College.

Blake is a director on several nonprofit boards, including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Iowa and the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library. He has also served on the boards of Orchestra Iowa, the Cedar Rapids Chamber of Commerce and the Cedar Rapids Downtown Rotary. He is now serving on the Student Aid Committee of the Board of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

Jeffery Allbritten was named Macon State’s sixth president in May 2011, but he left that position after about a year. John B. Black has been serving as interim president.

Macon State College was founded in 1968. In early 2012, the Board of Regents recommended the consolidation of Macon State with Middle Georgia College, which was founded in 1884 in Cochran. The consolidation became official Jan. 8, 2013, creating Middle Georgia State College. The new institution has campuses in Macon, Cochran, Dublin, Eastman and Warner Robins.

The Board of Regents is expected to name the next president of Middle Georgia State College at a future meeting.

Georgia law requires the naming of a finalist or finalists a minimum of five days before final board action to select the president.

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