Georgia State University’s New President Named

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.


  1. wcwhite says:

    Carl Patton (outgoing president) had a vision for what this school could be, as well as what it could do for the downtown area. While the bulk of the physical transformation has not been completed, President Patton’s vision has done more for downtown than twenty rebirths of underground, or the old Coke Museum. Georgia State’s new president will hopefully finish the development plan that was started, while also leading the school to further academic achievement.

  2. Icarus says:

    Totally agree, WCWhite. Patton had a vision for downtown when no one else cared, and more importantly, actually developed and executed a plan to methodically implement it.

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