Since beginning his tenure as Georgia State University’s seventh president in 2009, President Mark P. Becker has led Georgia State through a dynamic period of growth and advancement and put it on a trajectory to reshape itself and its region. Reflecting his vision of the urban public research university for the 21st century, the university has pursued a 10-year strategic plan through which Georgia State has emerged as one of the nation’s leading urban research universities.
Georgia State, one of the most diverse universities in the U.S., is a national model for student success, setting records for its graduation rates and the number of students it graduates, and leading the country in eliminating disparities in student achievement based on race, ethnicity and income. Under Dr. Becker's leadership, Georgia State has built a burgeoning research enterprise, growing sponsored research at more than twice the national rate. Through the rapid development of its campus and its engagement with civic and business leaders, the university has been recognized as a major catalyst for the revitalization of downtown Atlanta and the economic vitality of its region. Adding to Georgia State’s increasing national profile, Dr. Becker has fostered the development of NCAA Division 1 athletics, and the university’s intercollegiate teams have won six conference championships since rejoining the Sun Belt Conference in 2013.