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Alison Davis Blake

Alison Davis-Blake, PhD

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President Davis-Blake

A Talented Scholar and Higher Ed Leader

Alison Davis-Blake, Bentley University’s eighth president, is an accomplished academician and a leader in higher education. She served as dean of the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota (2006-2011) and of the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan (2011-2016). Dr. Davis-Blake holds an undergraduate degree in Economics and a master’s degree in Organizational Behavior, both from Brigham Young University, and a PhD in Business Administration from Stanford University.

Dr. Davis-Blake is a talented scholar with expertise in strategic human resource management and organizational design for effective management of human capital. She was the first female dean at both Carlson and Ross, and is Bentley’s second woman president. Earlier in her career, she served in multiple positions at the University of Texas McCombs School of Business, as well as at Carnegie Mellon University’s Graduate School of Industrial Administration (now the Tepper School of Business).

Dr. Davis-Blake’s husband, Michael, is a physicist. They have two sons: Kent, who graduated from Stanford University with a BS and MS and works at a technology firm in Silicon Valley, and Gordon, who is currently studying at Stanford.

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News and Updates

President Davis-Blake Announces This Year’s Commencement Speakers

Ronald O’Hanley, president and chief executive officer of State Street Corporation, will address the undergraduate students, and Robert Quinn, professor emeritus at the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business, will address the graduate students. Read more.

President Davis-Blake's Message After the Terrorist Attack in New Zealand

Dr. Davis-Blake remembers the victims and their families and offers support to Muslim members of the Bentley community. Read more.

President Davis-Blake Announces New Dean of Business

Michael Johnson-Cramer, DBA, had been the founding director and former interim dean of the Freeman College of Management at Bucknell University. Read more.

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