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About the Provost & Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

The Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs is the chief academic officer of the University and has responsibility for all of the University's academic functions. The Office oversees all academic programs of study as well as supporting academic and administrative offices.


M. Brian Blake, PhD, was named provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs on April 17, 2015 and joined the University community on August 1.

Prior to joining Drexel, Blake served as vice provost for academic affairs and dean of the Graduate School at the University of Miami. As vice provost, he was the primary advocate for research on the Coral Gables campus, including research administration, infrastructure, policies, training, and regulatory needs. He also worked in partnership with the deans of UM's schools and colleges and in consultation with the Faculty Senate supporting and developing strategies for the institution's collective efforts to diversify the faculty.

As dean of the Graduate School, Blake was the primary advocate for graduate education at UM, overseeing degree programs across 11 schools and colleges that enroll more than 5,200 graduate students each year.

Before joining UM, Blake was professor of computer science and engineering and associate dean of engineering, research and graduate studies at the University of Notre Dame. Prior to joining Notre Dame, Blake was department chair and director of graduate studies in computer science at Georgetown University. In industry, Blake spent 6 years working as a software architect, technical lead and expert developer with General Electric, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics and The MITRE Corporation.

Blake's research interests include investigating software engineering approaches for the integration of Web-based systems. His scholarly activities have been funded by more than $10 million in sponsored research awards from various government and commercial organizations (e.g., AFRL, AFOSR, DARPA, Department of Education, FAA, NIH, NSF, IBM, MITRE, SAIC). He has authored or co-authored more than 160 journal articles, books/book chapters and refereed conference/workshop papers.

Blake earned his bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1994, his master's degree in Electrical Engineering from Mercer University in 1997 and his PhD in Information and Software Engineering from George Mason University in 2000. He is an ACM Distinguished Scientist and a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.