Timothy V. Blair
- West Chester US-PA
Dr. Timothy V. Blair, Professor of Piano and Dean of the West Chester University (WCU) School of Music, brings to his role both administrative acumen and acclaimed musical talent. Timothy Blair has performed at some of the world's most prestigious concert venues including Steinway Hall in New York City; the Holywell Music Room in Oxford, England; and Guizhou University in China. While performing in Guizhou, he earned the recognition of the Chinese government, which officially named him to the University's faculty. He has also earned plaudits from U.S. federal, state, and municipal officials including U.S. Senator Robert P. Casey Jr. and Pennsylvania Senator Andrew E. Dinniman. In addition to his performance as a solo artist, Timothy Blair has driven the success of the WCU School of Music for more than 15 years.After joining the West Chester University faculty in 1990 as an Assistant Professor of Piano, Dr. Timothy V. Blair quickly climbed to the position of Associate Professor. Soon after, he also became Coordinator of Graduate Studies in Music, where he displayed a strong facility for leadership. This ability led the University to select him as its interim Dean of Music and, two years later, he became the School of Music's permanent Dean. In 2004, when the University established its new College of Visual and Performing Arts, he became the founding College Dean as well. Since that time, Dr. Blair has increased performance and study opportunities for his students. In 2004, he spearheaded the purchase of 111 new Steinway pianos, as a result of which the University became an All-Steinway School. He also played a key role in the development and design of the Swope Music Building and the Performing Arts Center, two new state-of-the-art WCU facilities. He has instituted innovative community partnerships to support student development and has secured student performance opportunities in Philadelphia and New York City.