University of Toledo

Bryan B. Blair, Vice President and Director of Athletics is the first African American Director of Athletics at UT and the youngest Football Bowl Subdivision Athletic Director in the nation. In 2023 Toledo won a school-record six MAC Championships in football, women’s cross country, women’s basketball, men’s basketball men’s tennis and women’s tennis. The Rockets led the league in attendance in football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball—the only school in MAC history to accomplish this feat. The Rockets also had the best academic year in school history, setting a record with a 3.401 grade point average in fall 2022 and topped it with a 3.472 GPA in the spring.

Since joining UT in 2022, he founded the 1923 Society, a philanthropic initiative to generate new revenues to support Rocket student athletes and created a partnership with RealResponse to give student athletes the opportunity to communicate with administrators in real time regarding the student athlete experience.

Nationally, Blair was selected to serve on the National sports Forum’s Steering Committee, the Board of Director for the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association, and the Nominating/Governance Committee for USA Weightlifting. In 2022 he was named to The Athletics’ “40 Under 40” list of top college athletes, coaches, and administrators.

Blair earned his undergraduate degree at Wofford College and holds a law degree from the University of South Carolina.

Bryan Blair