Christopher Blake, President, Middle Georgia State University
Middle Georgia State University
Middle Georgia State University is Georgia’s newest public university, serving 175 miles of the state, urban to rural. We have five distinct campuses and five distinct niches in five outstanding communities – Macon, Warner Robins, Cochran, Dublin and Eastman. We recruit most of our students locally and 88% of our graduates live and work here. Middle Georgia State University has the best of tradition and innovation and is a significant regional presence.
Greatest contribution Middle Georgia State University makes to Middle Georgia
MGSU is a professionally oriented, regionally accessible university delivering the best value and most affordable education in Georgia. We take seriously our connections to the community and business. We partner widely and contribute time, talent and thinking. Our Knowledge at Work program means every student completes an internship in the community – pretty cool when you have 8,000 students. Think of the economic benefit for Middle Georgia and for the students. Interns works themselves into jobs.
Why education is such a powerful, life-changing tool.
There is joy in learning. When I see students and colleagues grow – and I include myself, there’s nothing better. Education is so powerful because ignorance is no alternative. Education doesn’t guarantee the right decisions or the right results, but ignorance surely guarantees failure. Education is at the core of the challenges of the 21st century and must have a spiritual and moral compass connected to it. We need tough new ways of thinking in an era of global connectedness.
My hope for Education Together.
I applaud this initiative and am hopeful Education Together can achieve resilience, conviction and intelligence, which I understand as problem solving and connection to the community. Education Together has both a community and a business dimension with the potential to be an incentive to the K-12 systems across the region to help students gain access to higher education. I can see synergy here between K-12 and higher education.
How I will define the success of Education Together.
Personally, it will be much more impressionistic and more ethnographic, with people saying, “I’m really glad you’re participating in that initiative.” As president of Middle Georgia State University I will define its success in more humanistic terms and expect there will be many stories of hope, but there are financial and marketing outcomes we hope will be of value. We will analyze the data to see if our participation was worthwhile.
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