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Judy Blain named assistant director of purchasing

January 29, 2001

Back in 1977, while in the U.S. Army, Judy Blain was one of the first women to join the ranks of men in basic in basic training. It should come as no surprise, then, that Blain has taken on one new challenge after another since her arrival at Austin Peay 11 years ago.

She was a secretary for seven years. Then in 1997 she was named office manager for the business office. In 1999 she served as interim budget officer, advising the APSU president on budget matters. Last month she was appointed assistant director of purchasing.

“It's a learning process,” she says of her new position. “I'm learning the laws, rules and regulations that apply to the issuing of contracts between the University, its contractors and consultants.”

As assistant director of purchasing, Blain is responsible for the accountability of the University's fixed assets, such as equipment. With the completion of the new science building and new university center, she will have her hands full.

It's a challenge, but if Blain's track record is any indication, one she'll meet successfully. Besides, dealing with change is one of her specialties. Marriage to a member of the Special Forces, with its frequent relocations, saw to that.

In 1987, her husband's job landed the family in Honolulu, where she earned her bachelor's degree in business administration. She excelled as a student worker and was named education transition management supervisor—a full-time job—while she was still a student.

At Austin Peay, Blain has twice been named Employee of the Quarter. She was president of APSU's Staff Support Council in 1994 and in 1997. She has been chair or co-chair of the Clarksville March of Dimes fund-raising effort, WalkAmerica, for six years.

And Blain isn't finished. She has been accepted into the MBA program at Murray State University and, if she decides not to go there, may pursue her master's degree online from Morehead State University.

This new assistant director thrives on meeting new challenges.