Bloomsburg University names interim provost

For immediate release: Aug. 19, 2009

BLOOMSBURG — Ira K. Blake is Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania's new interim provost and vice president of academic affairs.

Blake, currently associate vice chancellor of academic and student affairs for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), will replace current provost James E. Mackin. Mackin, BU's provost since 2005, has accepted the position of provost at Abu Dhabi University in the United Arab Emirates. He will assume his duties in UAE in September. Blake will join BU's administrative staff Aug. 31.

"I'm very pleased to announce Ira Blake's appointment as BU's interim provost," said David Soltz, BU's president. "Dr. Blake will be an excellent addition to the leadership team at Bloomsburg University. She brings extensive knowledge of academic programs, policies and planning and has broad knowledge of the PASSHE system."

In her current position, Blake is responsible for reviewing new academic program proposals and conducting periodic review of ongoing academic programs and student units at PASSHE's 14 universities. Previously, she was assistant vice chancellor of academic and student affairs at PASSHE and an executive intern in the chancellor's office. At Kutztown University, she served as assistant to the president for public engagement, interim dean of the College of Education and assistant to the president for enrollment management. Blake also held faculty positions in psychology at Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, and Teachers College, Columbia University, and Marymount Manhattan College, both in New York.

"Bloomsburg is known as a university with excellent faculty and staff who have an unwavering commitment to standards," Blake said. "I am honored to serve the Bloomsburg community with President Soltz and his leadership team."

Blake earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from George Washington University, master's degree in educational psychology from San Francisco State University and a doctoral degree in developmental psychology from Columbia University.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.