Blair, Andrew

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Andrew Blair is a long-standing faculty member and faculty administrator, Andrew has had a rich and varied career that enables him to contribute his expertise to assignments within academic organizations at the departmental, school and university-wide levels.  As a former executive associate dean (earlier, associate dean) and interim dean of the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration (1971-1989), he exercised responsibility in the domains of faculty recruitment, faculty retention, faculty promotion and tenure, budget management and control, and external fund raising.  As a former founding director of the University’s International Business Center (1989-1999), a major federally-funded center, he was responsible for all facets of the center’s programming and ensuring its continuity through successful rounds of refunding. As a former vice provost for faculty affairs (1999-2012), he took seriously and upheld the University of Pittsburgh system that preserves the rights and responsibilities of faculty within the framework of the University’s policies and procedures (e.g., faculty appeals and grievances, review of individual school appointment, promotion, and tenure guidelines, and helping foster performance excellence by monitoring the faculty annual review process within individual schools and by overseeing or organizing orientation sessions for new faculty, department chairs, and senior administrators).  A major special assignment was to chair a committee that undertook a compliance review of many of the accreditation standards established by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, as a component of the University’s highly successful 2012 reaccreditation report and review. In addition to this portfolio, Dr. Blair served, at varying periods, as Provost’s Office liaison to a number of the University’s professional schools, including the Law School, Business School, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, School of Education, School of Social Work, and School of Information Sciences. This experience gave him special insights into the unique contexts and issues facing each of these schools. Dr. Blair is currently Professor of Business Administration and of Economics at the University of Pittsburgh, Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Economics of the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences. He received his B.S., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees at Fordham University. He focuses his teaching and research in the areas of managerial economics, macroeconomic analysis and forecasting, international trade and the process of direct investment by multinational corporations.  During the 1990s, Dr. Blair was significantly involved in central Europe’s transition to become market-oriented economies, serving as one of the Katz Graduate School of Business’ principal representatives to three new western-style management programs it helped to found in the region and as project director on two large USAID grants. In the early 1990s, he and other colleagues served as part of a consulting team that analyzed the prospects for revitalizing the economy of the northeastern portion of Hungary, in the aftermath of the collapse of the steel sector in that region.  His private consulting has focused on assisting local arts organizations to develop their strategic planning and processes. From 2000 to 2003, Dr. Blair served as Chair of the Western Pennsylvania District Export Council.

Dr. Blair’s other appointments have included Visiting Professor/Visiting Scholar, University College Dublin (1976-77, while on sabbatical from the University of Pittsburgh); Acting Dean, College of Business Administration, Fordham University (1970); Economist, Foreign Research Division, Federal Reserve Bank of New York (part of 1969, leave of absence); Associate Professor of Economics, Fordham University, 1967-1969

Dr. Blair is a member of the American Economic Association and the Academy of International Business. His honors and recognitions include membership in Phi Beta Kappa and Beta Gamma Sigma and the awarding of the Gold Medal by the Faculty of Management, Comenius University, Slovakia, for service in helping to create its Master of Business Administration Program.