For Immediate Release: Aug. 17, 2015
BLOOMSBURG — Ira K. Blake, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Bloomsburg University, was honored with the Pennsylvania Black Conference on Higher Education’s Mary Baltimore Award for outstanding service to the organization.
The conference first convened in 1971, organized by Pennsylvania Speaker of the House Rep. K. Leroy Irvis, his aide Mary Davis Baltimore, and black educators from across the commonwealth. Baltimore carried out a key role in coordinating the first and subsequent meetings of the organization.
The award in Baltimore’s honor is given each year to an individual who demonstrates dedication and commitment to achieving the goals of the organization.
Blake has served as BU’s provost since August 2009. Her commitment to BU’s public mission, its students, faculty and staff comes from previous experiences as associate vice chancellor for academic and student affairs for Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education, as well as assistant to the president for public engagement, interim dean of the College of Education and assistant to the president for enrollment management, all while serving Kutztown University of Pennsylvania.
Blake earned a doctoral degree from Teachers College, Columbia University; master’s degree from San Francisco State University; and bachelor’s degree from George Washington University. Her academic career includes appointments at Teachers College, Columbia University; Amherst College; and Susquehanna University. Her scholarship focuses on early language development in African American children.
Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.