For Christopher Blake, taking the reins of Middle Georgia State College is more than just a job.
“It’s a marriage in a sense,” he says. “Coming here feels really, really good. ... I want to work where I think the work will make a difference.”
Sitting in his new office a few days after he officially began his job as president of Middle Georgia State, Blake talked about the college’s road ahead, which he expects ultimately to lead to the more prestigious university status. Blake replaced interim President John Black, who had led the institution since Macon State and Middle Georgia colleges merged in January 2013.
Blake, who was named the college’s new president in November, will spend the next couple of months getting to know the communities, faculty, students and five campuses that make up Middle Georgia State. While his office is based in Macon, he will spend time at campuses in Warner Robins, Cochran, Dublin and Eastman.