Since beginning his tenure as Georgia State University’s seventh president in 2009, President Mark P. Becker has led Georgia State through a period of transformative growth and advancement and put it on a trajectory to reshape itself and its region. Under his leadership, the university has pursued a 10-year strategic plan, emerging as one of the nation’s leading higher education institutions.
Georgia State’s consolidation in 2016 with Georgia Perimeter College, a two-year institution with five campuses in metro Atlanta, increased opportunities for seamless access for thousands of students. The current student population of more than 53,000 makes it the largest university in Georgia and one of the largest in the nation.
One of the most diverse universities in the U.S., Georgia State is a national model for student success, setting records for its dramatic increase in graduation rates, and leading the country in eliminating disparities in student achievement based on race, ethnicity and income. Georgia State has built a flourishing research enterprise, advancing rapidly in the ranks of public research universities. The university has been recognized as a major catalyst for the revitalization of downtown Atlanta and the economic vitality of its region.