Alumni Board President 2014-2015

Brian Blanton '92

Blanton '92 leads UVa-Wise Alumni Board

     Brian Blanton earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The University of Virginia's College at Wise in 1992. While Blanton was in College he was a member of the baseball team, Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, a resident advisor, life guard, and peer advisor. He did internships with local accountants and received the Joseph Scolnick Sr. Memorial Pre-Law Award. Upon graduation, Blanton started working as an accountant and eventually became partner at Thrower Blanton & Associates in 1995. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accounting and Society of CPA's in both Tennessee and Virginia. Blanton takes pride in offering internships positions to UVa-Wise students and has some alumni employed with him today.

     Blanton learned in late May that the College was working hard to increase the percentage of alumni giving and needed slightly more then 50 alumni before June 30 to meet its goal. During the Alumni Board of Directors retreat, Blanton stepped forward and challenged board members to encourage fellow alumni to make a gift. Blanton talked with the director of development that following week and expanded his challenge to include a monetary pledge of $10 for every alumni gift made through June 30. That challenge quickly developed into the "Rise Up, Be Counted" challenge, which was communicated with alumni through email and various social media sites. Not only did the College meet the goal, it exceeded it with more than 60 alumni rising to the challenge.

     Blanton has supported the College by serving on UVa-Wise Board, it's Athletic committee and the Alumni Association Board of Directors. He has also supported the Miners' Family Scholarship Fund, the Hawpe-Donathan Pi Kappa Phi Alumni Scholarship Fund and the College's Dug Out Club, which is a fundraising arm of the baseball program. In 2001, he was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame for his outstanding achievements on the baseball field.

     During his term as president of the UVa-Wise Alumni Association, Blanton has set two initiatives; to work to increase the alumni giving percentage and to be a force behind continual growth of UVa-Wise within the surrounding communiities. He wants to establish incentives to keep students in the area after graduation.

     Blanton is known on the campus and in the community for his relentless work ethic and devotion to the College.

     During his free time, Blanton loves to golf, hunt, fish and spend time with family and friends.

     Balnton and wife, Daphne Blanton '93, reside in Big Stone Gap, Virginia with their son, Evan 13.