Dean and Professor of Piano
College of Visual and Performing Arts
Swope Music Building
D.M.A., Catholic University of America
M.M., New England Conservatory of Music
B.M. Susquehanna University
Dr. Timothy Blair is currently serving in his 23rd year at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. In 1990, he was appointed an assistant professor of keyboard music in the School of Music and by 1995 he earned promotion to the rank of associate professor. Dr. Blair was subsequently appointed dean of the School of Music in 1997 and in 2004, he was appointed the founding dean of the newly formed College of Visual and Performing Arts, comprising 100 faculty and staff and approximately 1000 students in art, theatre, dance, and music. In 2008, in addition to his duties as dean, he was appointed professor of piano by President Madeleine Wing Adler.
Among the many notable achievements and innovations under his watch as dean are the Apple Authorized Training Center for Education, the Samuel Barber Summer Institute for Music Educators, the Brandywine International Piano Institute, numerous Kennedy Center national awards for WCU Theatre & Dance, stellar international initiatives by the WCU Art Program, an educational partnership with The Philadelphia Orchestra, annual WCU artist faculty recitals at Steinway Hall in New York, and concerts by School of Music student ensembles and faculty at Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. In addition, visual and performing arts students and faculty have the outstanding award winning new Swope Music Building and the Performing Arts Center to support their talent and advance their creative efforts.
Dr. Blair is a member of many professional organizations and also serves on numerous boards of the arts throughout the region and nation in addition to being a National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) accreditation visitor on behalf of the Commission on National Accreditation. Most recently, Dean Blair has served on the Board of Visitors of the New England Conservatory of Music. Current endeavors include leadership by Dr. Blair for the recent completion and opening of the new multi-million dollar E.O. Bull Center for the Arts which serves as home to the Departments of Art, Theatre & Dance. Dean Blair has also provided ongoing accreditation leadership which has resulted in national accreditation being granted to all programs within the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Music, Theatre, Dance, and Art now hold national accreditation which is an historic first for WCU.
As a result of Dr. Blair’s initiative and with the purchase of 111 new Steinway and Steinway designed pianos, West Chester University became a prestigious All- Steinway School, the first among public colleges and universities in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. As a Steinway artist himself, pianist Timothy Blair performs in concerts around the world, including recitals at the famed Holywell Music Room, Oxford, England; Steinway Hall, New York; the Academy of Music, Philadelphia; the China Conservatory of Beijing and Guizhou University, where he was appointed by the Chinese Government to the Guizhou University artist faculty. In May of 2011, to officially recognize his leadership in the arts and education, the Huaxi District Government of Guiyang City, Guizhou, China conferred upon Dean Blair honorary citizenship and the key to the city. This high honor was the first ever to be granted by the Chinese Government in Guizhou to a visiting artist and educator from America. Subsequently, Dr. Blair has been recognized here at home on the national, state, and local levels of government for his outstanding leadership in the arts and education and for the widespread achievements and ongoing commitment to excellence of his College’s faculty, staff and students. Dean Blair has received official citations for his creative, artistic and educational endeavors from U.S. Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr., The Senate of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania sponsored by Senator Andrew E. Dinniman and was also honored with an official citation from Mayor Carolyn T. Comitta of West Chester, Pennsylvania.