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Sigma Chis circa 1956- Ken Blair is bottom row, fifth from left

Suffice it to say, Sigma Chi at Penn State has produced some of the finest young men in the country over the years. Brother Kenneth B. Blair is no exception. Born April 6, 1929, Brother Blair has held many positions of authority and now works in the senior care industry.

From 1995-2007, Blair served as the Chair of the Slippery Rock University Council of Trustees. As an experienced leader in education, health care, and recreation, his professional experience goes back four decades. In his spare time, Blair volunteers at the YMCA.

His service to the community also included President Smith’s “future watch,” a planning initiative, and Director of the Slippery Rock University Foundation.

“I’m very fond of SRU,” said Mr. Blair, a native of Sarver. “It’s an outstanding University with a very strong academic background and increasingly diverse offerings. I am very grateful to have been able to work in a leadership role.”

From 1969-1994, Blair owned and operated the Fair Winds nursing home in Sarver. In 1981, he initiated and supervised construction of a $2 million dollar addition.

From 1958-1968, Brother Blair taught junior high school Social Studies for the Oakmont, Pa school district and served as President of the Oakmont Education Association from 1964-1965. In addition, Blair is a veteran of the Korean conflict. From 1951-1953, he served as Staff Sergeant for the 194th Combat Engineers 8th Army and was honorably discharged.

Brother Blair earned his master of education in secondary education from the University of Pittsburgh, his bachelor of science in education at Penn State University, and his associate degree in nursing from Point Park University.

These days, Blair is a member of the Butler Rotary Club, serving as President from 2003-2004. He won the Allegheny Valley YMCA President’s award in 1998 and the State System of Higher Education Eberly Award for volunteerism in 1998. The award honors those who have advanced the cause of public higher education through volunteerism. He was the first recipient of the award which is given to individuals associated with the 14 Universities that make up the state system.

(Bio Courtesy of SRU)