2012 Beberman Award Winner: Glenn M. Blair Jr.

Following Leal Grade School, Glenn entered the Sub-Freshman class at Uni in the fall of 1947. He was elected President of the Class. During his time at Uni, he was Captain of both the Basketball and Tennis teams, qualifying for the State Tennis Tournament in his senior year. He was a member of Madrigals, a trombonist in the Orchestra and performed in the yearly Gilbert and Sullivan operettas… singing the lead tenor role his senior year. Glenn is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Commerce and holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Illinois School of Law where he was honored as a Distinguished Alumni. Upon completing the Illinois Bar Exam, he practiced military law for two years and then joined Standard Oil of Ohio where he progressed through marketing, planning, and distribution positions, including two years with British Petroleum in London. He retired early as Vice President Human Resources for Sohio Oil (now a part of British Petroleum) to teach. He completed the Harvard Business School Human Resource Manager's Summer Course and the International Human Resource Executive’s Program in London. Following a year as Visiting Professor of Management at Ohio Northern University, Glenn joined Baldwin-Wallace College. In addition to teaching Management, Human Resources and Law courses within the business division of Baldwin-Wallace, Glenn taught in the Honors Division as well as the campus-wide Freshman Experience program. He was an involved member of the faculty serving in numerous capacities including: Co-Chair of the College Faculty, Director of the Executive MBA, Chair of the Curriculum Committee, Advisor to Omicron Delta Kappa, and Member of the Executive Committee as well as Presidential and Academic Dean Search Committees. Glenn has the unique distinction of being the only Business Division faculty member to have received both the Bechberger Award for work with students and the Strosacker Award for teaching excellence. Following his retirement from teaching, Glenn was called back to serve for a semester as Interim Director of Career Services. On December 16, 2008, at age 73, for the first time since delivering papers in his teens, Glenn was fully retired. Glenn’s primary high school interests, sports and music, have continued. He sang in the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus under George Szell and Robert Shaw and twice performed in Carnegie Hall; maintained his trombone interest with the Bay Village Community Band and every decade or so performed in Community Theater. He was a member of the Board of Trustees for the Great Lakes Theater Festival, Medina County Performing Arts Foundation, Musical Theater Education Program as well as numerous other civic and community activities. He and his daughter, Jennifer, have attended Ohio Light Opera productions together every summer for 38 years. He authored a thinly veiled novel about academic life, The Azgrew Chronicles, and continues to speak on and off campus on a variety of subjects. He is a professional model, member of SAG-AFTRA, appearing in many print and television commercials as well as a master’s athlete in both tennis and track and field. He is the 2005 National Senior Olympics High Jump gold medalist for his age group. Glenn and his wife of 49 years, Mim, live on 20 acres of hills and woods in Medina, Ohio.

Congratulations Mr. Blair, the 2012 Max Beberman Distinguished Alumni Award recipient.

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