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The Path To The Chair With Toledo’s Bryan Blair

Guest Bryan Blair, Toledo
20:48 min watch


Toledo Vice President and Director of Athletics Bryan Blair sits down with AthleticDirectorU’s Tai M. Brown to discuss his path to becoming an AD and his early lessons from his first few months on the job. Blair details his preparation for the chair, alignment of his core values with UT, developing relationships with the department and his president and more.

The conversation is indexed below for efficient viewing (click the time stamp to jump to a specific question/topic).

  • - What was the preparation that is needed to become an AD?
  • - How do you take not being selected for an AD job personally?
  • - Has there been an experience in your career that you can point to as one of the most important moments to get you to the chair?
  • - How do you evaluate potential hires through the lens of the culture and fitting into the culture at an institution?
  • - How did you compare your core values with the institution and athletic department's to gauge alignment?
  • - What work was done before your first official day in the chair?
  • - What were your expectations versus the reality of the job?
  • - What are your expectations about how to continue to develop the relationship with your president?
  • - How can you connect with the rest of campus to educate them on the value athletics brings to the academic mission of the institution?