BU Provost Named President of University of Houston-Clear Lake

BLOOMSBURG—Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Ira K. Blake, has been named the fifth president and first woman to lead the University of Houston-Clear Lake (UHCL).

 “I am humbled to be selected as the next president of the University of Houston-Clear Lake. I look forward to working with the UHCL community to continue progress in its public mission,” said Blake, who is scheduled to take office Aug. 1.

Blake has served as senior vice president and provost since 2009 focusing on the university’s academic mission. Previously, she was an associate vice chancellor for academic and student affairs at Dixon University Center as well as an interim dean of the college of education at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania.

She holds a Ph.D. and master’s degree in developmental psychology from Columbia University and secondary master’s degree in educational psychology from San Francisco State University.

University of Houston-Clear Lake President William A. Staples, who served as UHCL president for the last 22 years, announced in 2016 that he would step down. Staples will stay on in his current role until Blake takes office. Texas law requires that 21 days must pass before the UH System Board of Regents can formalize the appointment.

Since welcoming students in 1974, University of Houston-Clear Lake has evolved into a four-year university offering more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs and three doctoral programs.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,600 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.