Meet the President
Mark P. Becker, the seventh president of Georgia State University, began his tenure on Jan. 1, 2009.
Becker has launched a major strategic planning initiative focused on positioning the university, as it sets its sights on its second century, to become one of the world's premier urban universities. Embracing its commitments to recognized excellence in education and research, as well as its unique location in and commitment to Atlanta, the university is poised to rise to new levels of accomplishment and impact.
Under Becker's leadership, GSU recently launched the Second Century Initiative for faculty excellence, most often referred to as "2CI." This initiative will bring 100 additional faculty members to Georgia State over five years to build internationally recognized scholarly strength and critical mass in areas of priority.
Becker is a member of the Central Atlanta Progress Executive Committee; Atlanta Committee for Progress Board of Directors; Georgia Aquarium Board; Woodruff Arts Center Board of Trustees; Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; Georgia Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; Georgia Research Alliance Board of Trustees; 191 Club Board of Governors; ARCHE (Atlanta Regional Council for Higher Education) Board; and the World Affairs Council of Atlanta Board of Directors.
A biostatistician, public health researcher and academic leader, Becker served as executive vice president for academic affairs and provost at the University of South Carolina before assuming Georgia State's presidency.
Prior to that appointment, Becker spent three years at the University of Minnesota as a biostatistics professor, dean of the School of Public Health and assistant vice president of Public Health, Preparedness and Emergency Response.
From 1989 to 2000, Becker was a professor and associate dean for academic affairs at University of Michigan's School of Public Health. He also has held academic appointments at the University of Washington, the University of Florida and Cornell University.
Becker earned his bachelor's degree in mathematics from Towson State University and his doctorate in statistics from the Pennsylvania State University.
During his career, Becker has been involved in several professional associations, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the International Biometric Society and the American Statistical Association, where he is a fellow. He has been principal investigator on research grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, and he has published extensively in leading journals of medicine, public health, and statistics. Becker has served on a number of editorial boards, was co-editor of Sociological Methodology, and was a guest editor for Sociological Methods and Research and for the Journal of the American Statistical Association
Becker and his wife Laura Voisinet have two grown children, Matthew and Julia.