Meet the Provost

Provost Blake

Message from Provost M. Brian Blake 

I believe a great university is one in which scholars have the opportunity to learn, teach, and research to their fullest potential. By this definition, GW has been a great university for 200 years. GW has long been home to a diverse community of collaborative students and scholars on the forefront of discovery and innovation - a community that continues to grow and thrive. Through their research and scholarship, our scholars across ten schools and colleges have dedicated themselves to expanding discovery and producing knowledge that drives positive change in society.

As we enter our third century, I look with great excitement to our future and the endless possibilities that lay ahead. Through the incredible intellectual capacity of our community, we will build upon the ideas of all who came before us… we will embrace innovations in teaching, learning, and research as we strive continuously to improve our academic programs and our research enterprise… and we will continue to devote our efforts to finding creative solutions to society’s most challenging problems and making the world a better place.


About Provost Blake 

As Provost and Executive Vice President of The George Washington University, M. Brian Blake oversees the academic mission of the institution, supporting all academic endeavors and overseeing the research enterprise across the university’s 10 schools and colleges.

Prior to joining GW, Provost Blake served as provost at Drexel University. During his time at Drexel, the university had its largest, most academically qualified freshman class, the highest freshman retention rate, and the highest overall research activity in its history, leading to the university’s first-ever Carnegie Classification as a R1 Doctoral University: Very High Research Activity.

Provost Blake 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. At the University of Notre Dame, he served as associate dean for research and graduate studies and professor of computer science and engineering. Provost Blake 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.

Provost Blake’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. Provost Blake is an ACM Distinguished Scientist, IEEE Golden Core Member, and Governor of the IEEE Computer Society.

Provost Blake 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. Provost Blake and his wife, Bridget, also a Georgia Tech Engineer and MBA from Johns Hopkins, have two sons.


Provost Blake's Curriculum Vitae