Dr. Mark P. Becker
Georgia State University
Since Dr. Mark P. Becker became the seventh president of Georgia State University in 2009, he has pursued an ambitious vision for the institution’s future, leading an unparalleled period of growth and advancement.
Under his tenure, Georgia State adopted a 10-year strategic plan that has fueled its emergence as one of the nation’s premier urban research universities. In 2015, Becker was named one of America’s 10 most innovative university presidents.
As a first-generation college student, Becker is committed to ensuring that students of all economic backgrounds succeed. Over 10 years, the university’s graduation rates have increased by 22 percent. The university has set a series of records for enrollment, graduation rates and fundraising.
Before becoming president of Georgia State, Becker held appointments at the University of South Carolina, the University of Minnesota, the University of Michigan, the University of Washington, the University of Florida and Cornell University.
He has served on boards and committees of civic, government and professional organizations, including Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Aquarium and Woodruff Arts Center.