President and CEO, National Academy of Public Administration
Mr. Blair brings to the Academy more than 26 years of federal public service and is a recognized expert and prominent leader in public service management, having served in top leadership positions in the Executive and Legislative branches, as well as the regulatory sector. Most recently, he served as the first Chairman of the independent Postal Regulatory Commission from 2006-2009, and as Commissioner from 2009-2011. Mr. Blair also served as Deputy Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) from 2002-2006, and was acting director of OPM for 5 months.
Prior to joining OPM, Mr. Blair served on Capitol Hill, working for nearly 17 years on the staffs of both House and Senate committees charged with postal and civil service oversight, as well as Senior Counsel to Senator Fred Thompson on the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs.
He received his Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.