Meet Our President

Rev. Neil Blair began his leadership as president of Saint Paul School of Theology July 1, 2016. He is a 1980 Master of Divinity graduate of Saint Paul and an ordained elder in the Dakotas Annual Conference. Blair served eight years as a pastor in a local church in Missouri.

Neil Blair served 19 years as Vice President for Development at Saint Paul in 1980’s and 90’s. He returns to the seminary with a combination of passion for Wesleyan evangelism, knowledge of The United Methodist Church, and a variety of development leadership experiences.

President Blair most recently served as the Executive Director for Institutional Advancement for the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church. Previously, he was the President of The Foundation for Evangelism of the UMC in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina and Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, South Dakota.

In his free time, Neil Blair enjoys jogging and taking his boat out at the lake. He is especially proud to be the father of two grown sons and grandfather of three grandchildren.

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