ABERDEEN, S.D. (Press Release) – Presentation College is pleased to announce the arrival of Mr. Matthew Blair, as the institution’s new Vice President for Advancement.
Mr. Blair most recently served as Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations and Annual Giving at Barry University, a private Catholic university in Miami, Florida. Prior to his role as AVP at Barry, Blair served as the Director of Marketing & Affiliate Relations for The Delilah Show, one of the nation’s largest and most successful radio programs.
“We are excited to welcome Matthew Blair as part of our administrative team this spring semester,” said Dr. Paula Langteau, College President. “Mr. Blair certainly arrived at a challenging time, as the COVID-19 pandemic began to affect the United States, South Dakota and our student population.”
Mr. Blair has already begun to benefit the College and its students, Dr.Langteau said. “During his first few weeks on the job, Matthew organized and executed a very successful effort, the ‘Saints Day of Caring,’ to raise funds to support the needs of our students sheltering in place on campus during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The newest Vice President is looking forward to helping launch new projects and initiatives with the Advancement team at PC. He says he feels most at home at Catholic education institutions, and has a particular passion for helping first-generation college students achieve their dreams. “At Presentation College, I saw an opportunity to put my skills to work at a school where the mission and values are at the core of what we do. We can truly make a lasting difference in the lives of our students.”
Mr. Blair’s background includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Learning & Leadership, both from Barry University. His past experience includes multiple roles in Institutional Advancement at Barry and volunteer work with various non-profit organizations.