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Dr. Blake Thompson became the 20th president of Mississippi College on July 1, 2018.

Dr. Blake Thompson was inaugurated as the 20th president of Mississippi College (MC) under the theme “animate.” He’s lived up to that billing, becoming known for his limitless energy and the sense of excitement he’s fostered at the state’s oldest university. Under Thompson’s leadership, MC has established an Honors College, expanded its international programs, and enhanced its physical campus. On the national level, Thompson serves on the NCAA Presidents Council, Division II’s sports highest governing body.

Thompson was formerly vice president and secretary to the board of trustees of The Ohio State University (OSU). He held several leadership positions at 66,000-student Ohio State, one of the largest universities in the country. Thompson served as vice president for economic and workforce development, led the university’s Science and Technology Campus, and spearheaded the development of the endowed Battelle Center for Science and Technology Policy at OSU.

In addition to his duties with OSU, Thompson held a joint vice-president appointment with Battelle, the world’s leading nonprofit R&D organization, where he guided large-scale research, education, and philanthropic efforts. He has also served in Washington as a senior staffer to the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee and late Senator Thad Cochran.

Thompson served as a volunteer leader with a number of philanthropic and civic organizations in Ohio, including KIPP Columbus, a public charter school; Rev1 Ventures, a technology-based business incubator; and Our Ohio Renewal, a nonprofit addressing social challenges. He was the founding board chair of The Thompson Institute, a campus ministry serving faculty integrating their faith with their profession.           

Dr. Thompson is a graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy and was named the school’s 2021 Young Alumnus of the Year. He holds a master’s degree from the Georgetown University School of Business. Thompson and his wife, Jana, met as children in vacation Bible school in their hometown of Rienzi, Mississippi. They have three children, Grey, Sarah Blake, and Cate.