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CELEBRATING33 YEARS: 1984 - 2017
The Aero Club of Metropolitan Atlanta was founded in 1984 by Lockheed Aircraft Company executives and local business people to serve the aviation community.
Our March speaker is Christopher R. L. Blake, Ph.D., President, Middle Georgia State University. Dr. Christopher R.L. Blake became the first permanent president of what is now Middle Georgia State University on January 1, 2014. During 2014-15, he worked with the campus community to articulate a new vision and values for the institution, and to prepare the college for university status effective July 1, 2015.
Home to the only 4-year public aviation school in the state, 10 NAIA collegiate athletics teams, and the Georgia VECTR Center, Middle Georgia State serves more than 7,600 students with campuses in Macon, Cochran, Dublin, Eastman, and Warner Robins. In 2016, the university received the University System of Georgia Institution of the Year award for Service Excellence and bestowed its first graduate degrees.
President Blake came to Middle Georgia State from Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he was president and professor of education for seven years. As president, he developed a strategic plan that obtained university status designation, launched graduate programs, expanded off-site campuses and instituted a historic capital campaign.
His earlier professional experience includes serving as provost and professor of education at Mount St. Mary’s University, Maryland, where he developed new academic programs and oversaw strategic planning.
President Blake’s other career highlights include serving as associate dean of the College of Graduate Education and Research and associate professor of secondary education at Towson University, Maryland; senior lecturer in education at Brunel University, London; senior lecturer in education at West London Institute, London; and teacher of religious studies and social studies at Henry Box School, Oxford.
He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Theology from the University of Oxford, Keble College, a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education from Westminster College, Oxford, and a Ph.D. degree in Education from the University of London, King’s College.
President Blake has a long record of professional and community service. He is a member of Kappa Delta Pi International Honors Society in Education. Since arriving in Middle Georgia, he has joined several civic groups, volunteers for the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce, Tubman Museum, and the Macon Pops Orchestra, and serves on the advisory board for the Georgia World War I Centennial Commission
Among his hobbies are reading history and historical fiction, following global news and professional soccer, exercising daily, watching movies and traveling. He plays bass guitar in the Muddle Jawja Band, comprised of several Middle Georgia State faculty and administrators, which was featured in the Macon Music Volume 2 CD.
Originally from Wimbledon, England, President Blake’s family includes two adult sons living in Colorado and New England, and a father and siblings living in England. He lives in Macon, with his wife, Dr. Melody Blake.
2016 EPPS Award for Outstanding Aviation Achievement Presentation at our March Meeting!
You won't want to miss this!
Mr. Pat Epps of Epps Aviation will present the 2016 EPPS Award for Outstanding Aviation Achievement at our March Meeting.
Make plans now to attend our March Meeting and be there for this presentation, which is always an annual highlight of the Atlanta Aero Club.
Thank you, Mr. Epps, for making this honor possible!
From Our January Meeting--Stephan Brown, President & CEO, Commemorative Air Force (CAF)
Our January speaker was Stephan C. Brown, the president and chief executive officer of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF). A former Army aviator and private pilot with more than 2,000 hours logged in military and civilian aircraft, he has more than 25 years of leadership, marketing and financial management experience. Brown assumed his post with the CAF on Oct. 17, 2007.
About the Atlanta Aero Club
The Atlanta Aero Club is dedicated to providing a forum for matters affecting aviation in the Atlanta area, both commercial and general; recognizing and awarding those making the greatest contribution to furthering aviation in the Atlanta area; communicating and disseminating information affecting aviation; and promoting all aviation and recognizing its importance to the metropolitan area and to the State of Georgia.
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