Dr. Melody Blake to serve as Wesleyan College’s provost and vice president for academic affairs


Wesleyan College is pleased to announce Dr. Melody Blake as provost and vice president for academic affairs (VPAA), effective July 10, 2017. Dr. Blake will oversee enrollment and all academic areas of the College including the faculty, academic programs and curricula, library, registrar, academic resources center, and the Centers of Excellence. The Provost/VPAA has key responsibilities in strategic planning, development of academic programs, outcomes assessment, faculty relations, and fiscal decision-making.

Prior to serving Wesleyan for one year as a visiting assistant professor of psychology, Dr. Blake held the position of professor of psychology and academic administrator at Mt. Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Her administrative roles included department and division chair, director of academic assessment, dean of graduate studies, and provost. After leaving Mt. Mercy in 2013 she served as vice president of Mission Services at Goodwill of the Heartland. A native of California, Blake earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her Master of Arts and Ph.D. in social psychology from Claremont Graduate University.

Dr. Blake and her husband Christopher Blake live in Macon and enjoy gardening, walking, biking, and exploring the area. Dr. Blake has two married adult daughters who live in the Midwest: Katherine and Chris Francis and Stephanie and Ethan Graham. Dr. Blake said, “I am very excited to serve Wesleyan College as provost and vice president for academic affairs. Having been in the classroom as a professor for one year, I am convinced that Wesleyan students are women of courage, intellect and creativity.”

Dr. Vivia Fowler, current provost and president-elect of the College said, “We are thrilled that Melody Blake will be joining the Wesleyan family, and we look forward to the addition of her talents, energy, and wisdom to this vitally important position for the College. She brings a wealth of experience as an academic leader, and I am excited to move into my new position as president knowing that Melody is on our team.”

In February, Wesleyan College announced that Dr. Vivia Lawton Fowler will serve as the institution’s twenty-fifth president. She will assume the position on July 1, 2017, upon the retirement of President Ruth A. Knox.