President’s Blog: Continued Focus on Growth

Since I published my last blog, three important enrollment initiatives have occurred. Last weekend many of us met on our Cochran, Eastman, and Macon campuses to welcome hundreds of students and their guests to our first ever fully-fledged Open Houses. I thank the many staff and faculty who did an amazing job, with many of our Facilities staff even coming in at 5 am that morning. For several weeks many of us prepared for this occasion, and it was clearly a great success.


President Blake’s latest blog: Good Things Take Time – Courage to Continue

During the course of the last two weeks, my experience of the “public square”—a metaphor I have used to describe the environment for a public university—was being at the State Capitol to meet with our representatives and senators about funding. Specifically, we are asking our elected officials to support our request for nearly $1M to begin the planning and design work in the upcoming fiscal year FY19 for renovations on our Cochran campus that are vital to enrollment growth. If we are successful, and the legislature and the Governor sign off on the University System of Georgia’s request, then we can look forward to the planning stage of our Cochran renovations beginning this summer.


President’s Blog: On Clarity

Last night, in an upset, the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the 6-time Super Bowl-winning New England Patriots. As most of you know, I am a bigger fan of the football referred to on this side of the Atlantic as soccer, but I believe championship games like last night’s Super Bowl hold lessons for us all.


President’s Blog: New Season and New Beginnings

Even at a pace that makes the weeks fly by, we have remained focused on the goals we identified at the beginning of the academic year. One of the things we have deliberately engaged in is a Focus on Enrollment.


President’s Blog: On Stress

Two weeks into the Fall semester, as students and faculty settle into new schedules and we begin to get a clear picture of our enrollment, it is worth focusing on the human element of higher education. The stress factor is palpable, or as all-too-common social media memes might put it, “the struggle is real.” Yet Continue reading


President’s Blog: On Perspective

This week, the Middle Georgia State University Advisory Council will meet for the first time. As we forge ahead with today’s endeavors, it is worth looking back at the Forgotten Generation that President Woodrow Wilson sent into harm’s way 100 years ago. Learn more here.


President’s Blog: On Courage

Middle Georgia State represents above all a promise to our students to find their greatness, whatever their identity and origin. We can be proud that women in record numbers are responding to that promise, and thus changing our communities through their leadership forever. Read more about how our institute is celebrating Women’s History Month.


President’s Blog: On Engagement

We have a great story to tell. Your experiences, the scholarly works you generate, the contributions you make to economic development, each of those becomes part of our story. Read more about how these engagements impact our MGA community.