Dr. Cherrington is a native of Canada and received the bachelors and masters degree in electrical engineering from his home town university, the University of Toronto. He then moved to Illinois where he obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign.
From 1966 to 1979 he served on the faculty of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he rose to the rank of Professor of Electrical Engineering, Professor of Nuclear Engineering and Research Professor of the Coordinated Science Laboratory. From 1969 to 1970 he served as Assistant Dean of Engineering and from 1977 to 1978 he took a leave of absence to serve as American Council on Education Fellow in Academic Administration in the office of the President and the Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Minnesota.
He served as Professor and Chairman of Electrical Engineering at the University of Florida from 1979 to 1986, and took a leave of absence from 1984 to 1985 to serve as Director of the Division of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering at the National Science Foundation.
In 1986 he moved to Texas to be Professor of Electrical Engineering and the Founding Dean of the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Texas at Dallas. In 1995 he attended the Harvard Institute for Educational Management. That experience inspired him to explore the issue of leadership education for engineers and he developed a course on ‘Leadership in Technical Organizations’ that he taught to graduate engineering and business students.
In 1997 he moved to Ohio to become Dean of the School of Engineering, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Professor of Engineering Management and Systems at the University of Dayton. At the University of Dayton, he developed the ‘New Engineer’ program to introduce leadership principles into the undergraduate engineering program. On January 1, 2004 he was appointed Dean Emeritus and returned to the faculty where he continued to explore his interests in effective leadership of technical enterprises.
From July 2004 to July 2005 Dr. Cherrington served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs of the University of New Haven. In the fall of 2005, Blake and Marilyn Cherrington moved to Roswell, GA.
Dr. Cherrington has supervised sixteen MS students and supervised or co-supervised 11 Ph.D. students. He has published one book and 34 major articles in the professional literature, and he has presented 36 papers at professional society meetings.
He is a member of Eta Kappa Nu electrical engineering honor society and Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society, and he is a full member of the Society of Sigma Xi.
He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and he is a Foreign Member of the Engineering Academy of Saint Petersburg. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Georgia.