Mark Becker, currently the Provost for the University of South Carolina, was named today by the Board of Regents as the successor to Dr. Carl Patton.
“Georgia State,” he said, “is poised to advance as one of our nation’s leading urban public research universities. There is the opportunity, building on its location in Atlanta and the tremendous progress made under President Patton’s leadership, for the university to enhance Atlanta’s national and global stature.”
Becker takes over in the midst of a large expansion and outright transformation of Georgia State. While it has already shed it’s commuter school status, State is in the middle of transforming downtown into a true urban campus. In addition to new classroom buildings and recently opened downtown dorms, the school is planning a Fraternity/Sorority row along Edgewood avenue, and has football starting under former GT/Bama coach Bill Curry in 2010.
Best of luck to Dr. Becker and to Georgia State as these plans are executed.