University Appoints New Athletic Director and New Director of Athletic Development
Jeff Blair was appointed to the position of full-time
athletic director, University President Peter Cimbolic, Ph.D. announced on Aug. 11, 2011.
Blair, who has been the acting athletic director since July
2010, was instrumental in the university’s transition from the NAIA level to
NCAA Division II status last month and membership in the Great Lakes
Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). ODU enters its second season of
competition in the GLIAC this year.
“I am pleased to announce the appointment of Jeff Blair as athletic
director,” Cimbolic said. “Jeff has ably led the department in attaining
full NCAA Division II standing and his appointment was strongly supported by
the members of the athletic department.”
Blair has oversight of the 18 intercollegiate varsity teams
in the department, including men’s and women’s track and field, which will
compete for the first time as a full squad in 2011-12. In addition to his
day-to-day duties in the department, Blair serves as a member of the ODU
Director’s Council, as well as on the Compliance, Athletic and Hall of Fame
“I’d like to thank President Cimbolic for his support and I am
grateful for this opportunity,” Blair said. “I’d also like to thank Jamie
Caridi [ODU Vice President for Student Development], the administration and the institution as a whole for their support
over the past year, as well as the coaches and the entire athletic department
staff. With our fall student-athletes reporting to campus this week, I am eager
to get this season underway.”
Entering his 11th year with the university, Blair was hired
as ODU’s sports information director in 2000 and was promoted to assistant
athletic director in 2005. He is the sixth athletic director in school history. Blair is a 1998 graduate of the University of Findlay, where
he earned his Bachelor of Science in Sports Management and was a four-time
varsity baseball letterwinner. He went on to earn his Masters of Business
Administration degree from Findlay as well. A native of Bellefontaine, Ohio, he
currently resides in Columbus with his wife Lori and one-year old son, Mason.
In addition to Blair’s promotion to Athletic Director, ODU Athletic Director Emeritus Bill
Blazer will move into the role of Director of Athletic Development at the
university, effective Sept. 1. Blazer, who served as ODU's athletic director from
2004 to 2010 before stepping into an emeritus role last year, will lead the
fundraising efforts for the athletic department. Blazer received his Bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green
State University in business administration and his Master’s
degree in teacher education from Wright State University.
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