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Bryan B. Blair was named Associate Athletics Director at Rice University in February 2014. In less than two years, he was promoted to Senior Associate AD / Sport Administration & Compliance.
In this role, he serves as a member of the athletics department's senior leadership team, while overseeing 6 of the department's 16 NCAA Division I sports. In addition, Blair serves as the secondary sport administrator for Rice's football program. As sport administrator, he oversees all aspects of each program, including responsibility for personnel, budgeting, facility projects, fundraising, student-athlete welfare and overall program evaluation.
In addition to his sport oversight responsibilities, Blair coordinates Rice's NCAA compliance efforts while supervising sports medicine, strength & conditioning, and sports nutrition. Blair also serves as the advisor for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and leads "The WHO" -- a department wide initiative focused on workplace happiness, teamwork and appreciation.
In 2016, Blair was chosen for the nationally acclaimed D1A Institute (now "LEAD1"). The goal of the Institute is to help the participants, nominated by their universities' athletics directors, be better prepared to move into the role of athletics director. After the Institute, Blair was recognized by LEAD1 President and CEO, Tom McMillen, as a "Future Leader of College Sports".
Blair is active nationally, serving as member of several professional organizations. He serves as member of the National Sports Forum's Business of Diversity in Sports and Entertainment committee. The National Sports Forum is the largest annual cross gathering of sports executives in the areas of revenue generation, specifically sports marketing, ticket sales and sponsorship.
He also serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association for Athletics Compliance (NAAC), and as a member of their Strategic Initiatives and Professional Development committees, respectively. Blair was given the 2014 Rising Star Award by NAAC, which recognizes a young compliance professional who is considered to be an emerging leader within the compliance profession.
In 2012, Blair was chosen for the prestigious NCAA Leadership Institute, where he was designated as the 2013 graduation speaker by his peers. The NCAA Leadership Institute provides tailored programming conducted on NCAA member institution campuses to assist participants in strategically mapping and planning their careers.
Prior to returning to Rice, Blair served as Assistant Director of Compliance Services at the University of South Carolina (USC). He served as a member of USC's "Championship Culture" strategic planning subcommittee and oversaw the department's compliance efforts related to recruiting, personnel, camps/clinics and educational videos.
In 2011, Blair was named Rice's Compliance Coordinator and served as advisor to Rice's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), which earned the 2011-12 Division I National SAAC "Award of Excellence" for having the nation's top SAAC organization.
Before his initial stint at Rice, Blair was selected as an NCAA postgraduate intern, serving in Academic & Membership Affairs (AMA). With the NCAA, Blair responded to interpretation requests and processed progress-toward-degree and legislative relief waivers, presenting his assigned cases in waiver team meetings. Blair began his compliance career as an intern at Wofford College and later completed a compliance internship at the University of South Carolina.
A former Division I football letterman and team captain, Blair graduated from Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C. At Wofford, he served as a member of SAAC and was recognized as Defensive Lineman of the Year, his final season. The Bennettsville, S.C. native received his law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law.
Blair and his wife, Jenna, reside in Pearland with their two "puppies," Kongo and Finney.