President's Biography

Biography

Dr. Christopher R.L. Blake became the first permanent president of Middle Georgia State on January 1, 2014. During 2014-15, he worked with the campus community to articulate a new vision and values for the institution, and to prepare the college for university status effective July 1, 2015.

President Blake came to Middle Georgia State University from Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he was president and professor of education for seven years. As president, he developed a strategic plan that obtained university status designation, launched graduate programs, expanded off-site campuses and instituted a historic capital campaign.

His earlier professional experience includes serving as provost and professor of education at Mount St. Mary's University, Maryland, where he developed new academic programs and oversaw strategic planning.

President Blake's other career highlights include serving as associate dean of the College of Graduate Education and Research and associate professor of secondary education at Towson University, Maryland; senior lecturer in education at Brunel University, London; senior lecturer in education at West London Institute, London; and teacher of religious studies and social studies at Henry Box School, Oxford.

He holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Theology from the University of Oxford, Keble College, a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education from Westminster College, Oxford, and a Ph.D. degree in Education from the University of London, King's College.

President Blake has a long record of professional and community service. Since arriving in Middle Georgia, he has joined several civic groups, serves on the Macon Pops board of directors and is volunteering with a mentor's program. He is a member of Kappa Delta Pi International Honors Society in Education.

Blake, and his wife, Melody, reside in Macon, Georgia. He serves on several local, regional and national boards, including the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce, the Executive Committee of the Southern States Athletic Conference and the American Association of University Administrators. He has a personal interest in history and is publishing a book on World War I later in 2017. Blake is a father to two adult sons.

Professional Summary

CHRISTOPHER R. L. BLAKE

EDUCATION

Ph.D. University of London, King's College (1994)
Major: Faculty of Education
M.A. University of Oxford, Keble College (1985)
Major: Theology (Honors)
PGCE Westminster College, Oxford (1982)
Postgraduate Certification in Education (PGCE) in social studies and religious education
B.A. University of Oxford, Keble College (1981)
Major Theology (Honors)

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND SELECTED ACCOMPLISHMENTS

January 2014 - Middle Georgia State University, Macon, Georgia
President
2006 - 2013 Mount Mercy University, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
President
2000 - 2006 Mount St. Mary's University, Emmitsburg, Maryland
2004 - 2006 Provost and Professor of Education
2000 - 2004 Director of Teacher Education, Chair of Education Department and Professor of Education
1995 - 2000 Towson University, Baltimore, Maryland
1998 - 2000 Associate Dean of College of Graduate Education and Research (Acting 1998-1999)
1997 - 1998 Associate Professor and Gradate Program Directory in Secondary Education
1995 - 1997 Assistant Professor of Secondary Education
1993 - 1995 Brunel University, London, UK
Senior Lecturer in Secondary Education
1985 - 1993 West London Institute, London, UK
1988 - 1993 Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Education (promoted and tenured in 1990)
1985 - 1988 British and Foreign Schools Society (BFSS) Research Fellow in Education
1982 - 1985 Henry Box School, Oxford, UK
High School Teacher of Religious Studies and Social Studies