M. Brian Blake
- Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
- [email protected]
M. Brian Blake, as Provost and Executive Vice President of George Washington University, oversees the academic mission of the institution. Brian is leading the strategic plan implementation that will enhance and highlight University’s unique academic strengths, and he is overseeing the enrollment strategy that will evolve GW’s student population.
Prior to joining GW, Brian served as provost at Drexel University where, during his time, the university had its largest, most academically qualified freshman class, the highest freshman retention rate, the highest overall research activity in history leading to the University’s first-ever Carnegie Classification as a R1 Doctoral University: Very High Research Activity. Brian served as vice provost for academic affairs and dean of the Graduate School at the University of Miami, where he had oversight and advocacy of university-wide graduate programs (including the medical campus) and oversight of research programs for disciplines on the Coral Gables campus. He also served as associate dean for research & graduate studies and professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. Brian started his faculty career at Georgetown University where he served as chair of the Department of Computer Science, among other posts, and where he initiated the university’s first graduate programs in Computer Science.
Brian’s research focuses on internet computing and software engineering particularly for software systems that span enterprise systems. He has authored more than 200 papers and advised more than 15 PhD students and postdoctoral fellows. He has held distinguished professor positions in the Departments of Computer Science and Electrical & Computer Engineering with joint appointments in various Colleges of Medicine. He served on five National Academies’ studies and on the National Science Foundation’s Advisory Committee for the Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Directorate. He has served as Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Internet Computing and has been funded by more than $12 million in sponsored research. Dr. Blake is an ACM Distinguished Scientist, IEEE Golden Core Member, and Governor of the IEEE Computer Society.
Brian has a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Mercer University, and PhD in Information and Software Engineering from George Mason University. Blake and his wife, Bridget, also a Georgia Tech Engineer and MBA from Johns Hopkins, have two sons.